Piotr Czerski

Writer and Co-Director of User Experience Design Postgraduate Studies
Age 36, Poland
for being the voice of the digital generation

About Piotr Czerski

Polish poet Piotr Czerski became a voice of the generation in 2012 when he wrote the We, the web kids manifesto. He penned the article for a local newspaper in Gdańsk, which asked him to explain the difference between the “analog” and “digital” generations. His answer was quickly translated and republished under the Creative Commons license in various media outlets around the world, making him the voice of a generation whose experiences and expectations have been shaped by Internet use.

He explained: We do not use the Internet, we live on the Internet and along it. If we were to tell our bildungsroman to you, the analog, we could say there was a natural Internet aspect to every single experience that has shaped us. (…) Technologies appear and then dissolve in the peripheries, websites are built, they bloom and then pass away, but the Web continues, because we are the Web; we, communicating with one another in a way that comes naturally to us, more intense and more efficient than ever before in the history of mankind.

Today, however, Mr. Czerski is more critical of the transformative power of the web, criticizing young people’s superficial participation in political life, and encouraging them to take a more active role in reshaping Polish society.

Mr. Czerski graduated in informatics from Gdańsk University of Technology and studied philosophy at the University of Gdańsk. He has been publishing poetry in various literary magazines and fanzines since 1999, simultanously communicating with readers on a popular blog. His first poetry book pospieszne, osobowe received a critical acclaim in 2002. However, it was the short novel The father leaves, taking on the Polish youth’s perception of the death of John Paul II, that gained him more mainstream notoriety in 2006. A man of many talents, he is also a part of a band Towary Zastępcze (The Surrogate Goods). Apart from his literary and musical talents, he is co-director of User Experience Design Postgraduate Studies at University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) in Gdańsk.