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Achieving an Equitable and Sustainable Energy Transition: Social Data& Best Practices for Intergenerational Collaboration& and Supporting Youth-led Action

Helen Watts

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In 2021& Student Energy& Global Covenant of Mayors and the Connected Cities Lab at the University of Melbourne partnered to assemble a team of youth researchers representing eight global regions. Through this initiative& the Youth Policy Innovation Team have analyzed and distilled the world’s first social dataset of youth perspectives into a set of concrete recommendations for an inclusive transition to an inclusive& climate-safe& and reliable energy transition. This session at the virtual Innovate4Cities Conference 2021 will offer participants a deep dive into these recommendations and new insights on how young people 18-30 years-old want the world to commit to achieving SDG 7 by 2030. The Innovation Methodology Training will design solutions& share best practices& and ignite partnerships between youth& governments and institutions committed to energy& climate& and resilience challenges. The session will deliver a facilitated design-thinking process to identify pathways for action that include fit-for-purpose& local solutions for specific communities including Indigenous people& rural and remote communities& as well as intersecting policy& social and technological solutions to deploy regionally and at scale. The outcome of this I4C Masterclass will be an informed and inspired community of actors representing a diversity of sectors and interest groups ready to work together on innovative& systems level solutions for the energy transition – while offering a broader global audience a replicable roadmap for leveraging social data into concrete action at the policy& institutional& and grassroots levels. Speakers and facilitators will include: (1) Leadership from Global Covenant of Mayors and Student Energy (2) The Youth Policy Innovation Team (3) Sector leaders where appropriate& including from governments& sector and climate commitment-based coalitions (i.e. Mission Innovation)& and other institutional actors (i.e. Sustainable Energy for All). Session components will include: (1) Presentation of data and recommendations from the Global Youth Energy Outlook and youth researchers from the Youth Policy Innovation Team (2) Participatory training on best practices for intergenerational collaboration and supporting youth-led action (3) Facilitated design-thinking process to engage multiple sectors in designing fit-for-purpose pathways for action and a roadmap for technology& social& and policy changes needed over the next decade