Shari, Jackie, Michael, Brent, Sonny, Robin, Nick, Erica, Melissa, Hallie, Marni, Negin, Kate, Gonzalo, Brian, Geoff, Mira, and Jo
……facilitated by Tiff Blair!
To get ourselves started, we listed the ‘defining elements’ of each generation.
– Internet and constant communication
– Smaller world
– Greater visibility
– Over consumption – there is an excess of everything!
– We get away with a lot more
– Shorter attention span – “more flippant”
– Less accountability
– Greater employment equity (although NOT perfect)
– Structural racism remains, there are informal barriers, while not imposed directly, predjucide still remains
– We are still working in outdated systems that need to be changed
– For some, there is the mentality that we can “sit back on our laurels” because we’ve made progress overall – we believe that there is greater equality, but is there?
– We are forced to start our own things, because there aren’t other options
– We have the power to start our own organizations that matter!
– Youth today don’t vote
– There is so much to pay attention to, that the important issues can be pushed aside
– Knowledge economy – a lot of education is required to be successful
– There is less direction and less structure for what the ideal is or ought to be
Youth of the Baby Boom
– Restrictions on the kinds of opportunities
– Less options
– Not knowing what is really out there
– Gender/racial quotas
– Expectations of you – less freedom
– Large distinction between men and women – Fewer opportunities for women
So, what does that mean? And what are the big questions that remain?
– Generation Yers are opting out of the Baby Boomer ideals
– Need to create ‘new institutions’ – but what are they going to look like?
Ex. changing the homeowner mentality, collaborative consumption, remaking communities
– There are good careers that are not properly promoted ex. pipe fitters, welders
– We need to communicate the realities of our labour market
– Should everyone go to university?
– What are the physical consequences of physical labour jobs?
– Need to support better decision making in Grade 12
– There is value in education beyond making money later in life – cultural significance, experiential learning, critical thinking –what are these values and how else can we create them?
– There is an expectations mismatch
– What can you really get out of a university education?
– If you just want a job, then university may not be the best option
– What do you risk losing with ‘uni-modal learning’? When knowledge is lost and a ‘new’ society is created? What are the consequences of that?
– Our education is becoming devalued. There is an ‘education bubble’ that may pop…
Solutions! Brap Brap!
– Incentives for retirement
– Building community. Greater collectivity
– Collaborative living and consumption
– Leading by examples. Just do it! Lead the changes that you want to see!
– Collecting knowledge and building on virtual networks
– Reconstitute values of education. Both university and otherwise
– Create opportunities for people without university education
– Job opportunities in government or other places that have significant clout and power
– Give people the power to harness their entrepreneurial spirit (eg skills, tools, resources) Ex. CSI
– Get involved in politics
– Join parties or riding associations