Student of TED Unversity in Ankara (Turkey), fot. Poyraz Tutuncu

In 2020 British Council takes a closer look at the attitudes, mindsets and worldviews of young Poles aged 18-30. Next Generation research has kicked off in Poland as part of the research series already conducted in 12 countries such as Germany, Ethiopia, Northern Ireland, Turkey, UK and Tanzania. It is a collaboration between the British organisation Sound Connections, the UK Polish expats association Centrala and the Polish research agency Stocznia, overseen by British Council Poland and the British Council’s Research and Policy Insight team, which is responsible for the Next Generation series worldwide.

Next Generation is a global British Council research series focusing on young people. It examines the conditions that support young people in becoming creative, fulfilled and active citizens. We believe it is important to listen to and engage with young people – both as the next generation of influencers, leaders and shapers of their countries, but because they have the capacity to create, contribute and make a difference today. Next Generation research to date has been conducted in countries including Germany, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Ireland-Northern Ireland, Turkey, UK, Kenya, Tanzania, Myanmar and  Sri Lanka. This year Next Generation research kicks off in Poland.

The project is taking a closer look – through desk research, conversations, focus groups, social media analysis and an extensive survey – at the attitudes, mindsets and worldviews of young Poles aged 18-30. It is a collaboration between the British organisation Sound Connections, the UK Polish expats association Centrala and the Polish research agency Stocznia, overseen by British Council Poland and the British Council’s Research and Policy Insight team, which is responsible for the Next Generation series worldwide. The research will help to define the key challenges and opportunities faced today by civic and social organisations and public institutions working with young adults in Poland. Its conclusions will be of use for practitioners and policy makers preparing regional, national, European and international projects and interventions.

The first phase of Next Generation Poland started in March 2020, with Poland and the world facing up to the huge global health crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic – a crisis that we are still living through globally. The research will explore and discuss the impact of the crisis on young people’s lives and futures. It will also address other topics that seem especially important in Poland in the year 2020. These include political polarisation and discussion (heightened by an exceptionally long Presidential election campaign), the roles of and relationships between the media, social networks and civil society, and wide-ranging related debates around demographic change and the social and economic environments and living conditions of young adults in Poland today. How are young Poles navigating and engaging with these local, national and global concerns? How do they understand their place in society and Poland’s place in the world? And what matters to them most when thinking about their own futures and those of their loved ones?

More information on the Next Generation series is available here: https://www.britishcouncil.org/research-policy-insight/research-series/n....