Question box #11

What question would you like to ask young people all over the world?

Photo: Yingchou Han


At the heart of this analysis lies a vibrant mosaic, pieced together through question 11 of the consultation, that provides a glimpse into young people’s consciousness. We carried out painstaking semantic and semiotic analysis to produce a precise representative map of their worries and aspirations.

Global learnings

The questions that young people want to ask their peers all over the world reveal a deep-seated search for personal development, aspiration, and purpose. They are proof of a desire to understand and overcome life’s challenges, explore sources of motivation and inspiration, and create a better future for themselves and for the world. 

These questions are linked with introspection and self-development (“Are you ready to take on challenges and embrace change in life?”), aspirations and future goals (“What is your greatest dream or desire in life?”), social and environmental engagement (“Are you ready to take action for a better world and for future generations?”), challenges and obstacles (“What are the obstacles and limitations that hamper your personal growth and your efforts to realize your dreams and goals?”), motivation and inspiration (“What motivates you to get up in the morning?”), relationships and supporting others (“How do you help others and contribute to your community/to society?”), values and priorities (“What things and values are most important in life?”), questioning and exploration (“What makes you unique and different from other people?”).

Among the chorus of questions that the youth would like to ask their peers, one meta-theme stands out in particular: “a better world.” Representing a third of all questions asked, it reveals real concern about the future of our planet and the role of individuals within society.

At the heart of this meta-theme, young people are asking questions about creating a better world and shaping a more sustainable future. They have questions about their role as drivers of change and about their ability to have a positive influence on their environment. Nano-topics such as “creating a better world and a better future” and “contributing to a better world and a better community” illustrate this desire to commit to a brighter future.

The youth all over the world are asking crucial questions about their future. They ask their peers about the challenges and problems they face in contemporary society. What are the obstacles that prevent them from achieving fulfilment? How can they overcome these challenges and contribute to building a better future? The concern in these questions is palpable, and they reveal a clear trend of awareness of societal challenges.

The perception of happiness is a thread that runs through all of the questions. Young people seek to understand what happiness means for their peers, as reflected in the question “What makes you happy in life?”

Their emotional state is another ever-present focus. Questions such as “How do you really feel?” or “What are your personal struggles?” reveal a desire to understand and share emotional experiences.

Social relationships are illustrated by questions on the feeling of belonging and recognition.

The perception of the world and of society is highlighted through questions about young people’s satisfaction with the current state of the world.

Overview of the main themes

You will find below a graph in which you can navigate to learn more about the themes brought by the participants. Each theme (also called “cluster”) relates to an idea expressed by participants. There are two types of clusters: macro-clusters, which relate to more general categories, and sub-clusters, which break down the ideas into finer detail and are attached to macro-clusters. The percentages displayed correspond to the number of participants who have written about this theme among all participants who answered the question.

The representation below is dynamic: tap or click on the boxes to see the clusters in detail. You can also use the filters.

Differences between world regions

Tap or click on the boxes to see the clusters in detail. You can also use the filters to compare regions.

Some remarquable answers from the entire world

Woman, 23USA
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If you could fast forward 40 years and see the world you will eventually be living in and your children will be raised in, what changes would you make right now to stop that from happening?
Non-binary, 22Nigeria
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Are you at peace with yourself, good about yourself? If yes, what advice would you give to someone who wants to feel good about themselves? If not, what would you like to change to feel good about yourself?
Woman, 25France
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I don’t have a specific question but I would tell them that we are the future. Only us can make the world change. It won’t be easy but if we don’t, who will?
Man, 24Australia
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If you were to look at your life now, what would you say is the thing that you are most grateful for, which provides you with a reason to get out of bed in the morning?
Woman, 22Benin
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Do you think that the current model of society guarantees each person in their uniqueness to feel that they live in a fair and pleasant world? If not, which model of society would be more appropriate?
N/A, 28China
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Have you found your purpose in life? Do you really know what you like and are willing to stick to it for the rest of your life? If not, how to find and find out?
Man, 25Morocco
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Do you have a roof, a warm bed to sleep, enough food, clean water ? If so, let's work all together to provide these primal needs for every person in the world.
Man, 17Brazil
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What do you want to be in life? Not the college your family pressures you to attend, but the kind of person you want to be, your hobbies, your dreams and goals.
Woman, 16United Kingdom
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If you had as much money and power as you need, what is one world issue that you would change right now? (you can only change one thing, but it will be changed for ever)
Man, 28India
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How do you balance your own needs and desires with the needs and desires of your community and the planet, and what ethical frameworks do you use to guide your decision-making?
Woman, 29Cuba
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How can we get people to listen to us at a global level, eliminate bureaucratic work and manage to implement the solutions that occur to us in a practical and expeditious way?
Man, 20Mexico
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Do they really feel that they are learning and developing in schools? If you couldn't fail, what would you like to be in life?
Man, 28India
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What do you believe is the role of education in creating a better world, and what changes would you like to see in the education system to better prepare young people for the future?
Man, 19France
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If this survey has reached you, would you have liked your parents and teachers to also answer it to have a more global vision than that of young people? (We may be the main concerned, teachers and parents are also responsible for education)