The high-tech society, youth work and popular education
Ivar Frønes argues that modern youth work requires a revitalising of its roots in popular education, to function as popular education of the future.
The present historical phase of rapid changes, sometimes
referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, produces a high
demand for competence and innovation; in what is termed the
high-threshold society, social inclusion requires competence.
Young people’s position at the forefront of technological
innovation open for the development of competencies
and capacities for innovation through youth work such as
the organisation of voluntary peer-driven activities. The
perspective of youth work underlines bottom-up organisational
structures, the principle of voluntary participation, and not
least, the principle of learning by doing. Youth work as a form
of peer-based learning and development is complementary
to the competence acquired by education and training. The
article argues that modern youth work requires a revitalising of
its roots in popular education, to function as popular education
of the future.