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Drumming Up Youth Interest In #Budget2018? Try These Five Short-Term Strategies

Drumming Up Youth Interest In #Budget2018? Try These Five Short-Term Strategies

The Ministry of Finance has been criticised for its engagement of “online micro-influencers” to publicise the upcoming Budget. Long-term solutions to the problems of youth lethargy or apathy lie in civic engagement, but with the “micro-influencers” already engaged and with the finance minister due to deliver his Budget speech in a few weeks, five short-term strategies can be considered (potentially for the future too):

1. Reach out to the same “micro-influencers” again, but encourage them to do more beyond the Instagram posts;
2. Don’t overwhelm: Frame the discussion by highlighting key issues;
3. Let young Singaporeans set the agenda, on their economic or financial concerns;
4. Take the first steps towards (the exploration of) participatory budgeting; and
5. Document these exchanges in an interactive fashion. Continue reading

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