Just joined a group called, ‘Apathy is Boring’, which aims to reach 18-35 year olds to get them to engaged in the political process in Canada (http://family.www.apathyisboring.com/en/home/).
It is an important example which links to Dave Meslin’s short but great talk on apathy for TEDX in Toronto in September 2010, whereby he identifies the aspects that help exclude people from participating in the political process.
Meslin’s re-visualization of a Toronto ‘zoning application’ is a brilliant way to convey how the differences between the way such forms of (non)engagement of citizens by the powers-that-be (eg the typical zoning application in your local newspaper) and how he suggests they could be – to elicit participation is revealing!!
Some of the points that he makes are similar to what others have been saying for years, perhaps decades. Many of us have been saying that the powers-that-be don’t want active citizens and are not really interested. Look at the 2 May 2011 Canadian election where supporters or people in one political organization were sending out misleading voice messaging to get voters to go to non-existent polling stations!!
However, Meslin has identified the key issues and done them in such a succinct way – it’s well worth watching and sharing!! (http://www.ted.com/talks/dave_meslin_the_antidote_to_apathy.html)