Tribes: Power and Participation

Event Report

With the election looming in 2015, we brought together young people, charities and parliamentarians to talk politics, campaigning and voting.

Why? Well with only 55% of 17- and 18-year-olds registered to vote (compared with 90% of those aged 55 to 64 and 94% of those aged 65+), voter turn-out amongst young people is a particular matter of concern.

While younger voters are becoming increasingly disengaged with the democratic process, they appear to be more likely to express their political views in other ways – demonstrations, consumer boycotts and social media campaigns.

Channel 4 believes in the enormous power of television to connect with voters and address broader trends around political disengagement and disenchantment. We want to ask young people how they feel about politics and modern life, and give them the chance to be heard by those in power.

Using our UK Tribes research panel we asked young people how they really feel about politics and voting, and what the issues are that most matter to them. Read the results of our research here.

The event was chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and featured panellists and speakers including:

-Nicky Morgan MP

-Jack Monroe

-Caroline Criado-Perez

-Leyla Hussein

Read the social media story here with Storify.

Photo credits: Kazvare Knox / 4talks

Featured video

Tribes: Power and Participation

Discover some of the key findings from our research and hear more from those who attended our event in this short film.


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Event pictures

  • Tribes - Krishnan Guru-Murthy

    Tribes - Krishnan Guru-Murthy

  • Tribes - Pledge Cards

    Tribes - Pledge Cards

  • Tribes - Discussing the issues

    Tribes - Discussing the issues