Chatham House Common Futures Conversations: Join the Community

Deadline: ongoing
Open to: anyone between 18 and 30 years old who is currently living in an African or European country
Venue: online


Tired of feeling disconnected from politics? Feel that you have views to share on the major issues shaping our world? Chatham House is building a diverse community of young people from across Africa and Europe to join an international exchange with policymakers.

Common Futures Conversations is a new initiative developed by Chatham House and was made possible by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Its goal is to deliver innovative ways for young people in Africa and Europe to engage with politics. Through an online platform and a series of local events, the project will provide young people with a ‘seat at the table’ in major policy discussions.

The online platform was created with a network of 27 young people from 13 countries across Africa and Europe. It builds on the results of a survey of African and European youth conducted in January 2019.

What Does a Common Futures Conversations Participant Do?

Common Futures Conversations’ online platform will help you to develop your ideas on key global challenges like climate change, conflict or inequality. You will engage with experts, discuss your own experiences with friends from across the continents, and share your ideas with high-level politicians and policymakers.

Every month the community will discuss specific challenges facing Africa and Europe (for example, youth unemployment or over-use of fossil fuels). At the end of the month, there will be a live virtual event with a senior policymaker or politician. You will have the opportunity to dive deeply into the background provided by our experts, develop your own ideas on how to address the challenge in question and collaborate with the rest of the community to perfect them.


  • Open to anyone between 18 and 30 years old who is currently living in an African or European country.
  • They are looking for passionate and engaged people who are active in their local communities to volunteer to be part of this community.
  • You will not be required to have a university degree in a related field or have a career in policy.
  • You will need a working knowledge of English to participate.

They will grow their community based on a range of criteria in order to ensure the platform is as diverse and inclusive as possible, but they will not be judging anyone based on their educational or intellectual achievements.


This is an opportunity to join the Common Futures Conversations community, as an unpaid participant.

How to apply?

Simply fill out the form to register your interest in taking part. They will then add you to their waiting list and contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you are able to join the platform. They may also contact you later in the year regarding related information, publications and events.

They will be conducting a number of recruitment rounds throughout the year and will be asking people to join the community later in 2020 as well.

For more information, please visit the official web page.