Posted by: eric on June 10, 2009 at 2:10 am

We live in a cynical world. Many of those reading this blog are already immersed in doubt and despair. They’re ready to dismiss the vision we’re trying to evoke by calling it “naive,” “unrealistic,” or “utopian.” They’re eager to deny the potential for greatness contained in Generation We and to condemn today’s youth to living out their lives in the same quagmire of quiet desperation their parents have experienced.

Life is tough, and the challenges Generation We will face are profoundly difficult. We know that. But we also know that the resources the Millennials will bring to the struggle are impressive.  What’s more, there are already signs the Millennials are beginning to rise to the challenge.

Deeply affected by the terror attacks of 9/11, the disastrous Iraq War, the horror of Hurricane Katrina, and the cynical dishonesty of the Bush administration, Generation We is already responding with their unique brand of social and political awareness. Using data from the studies, as well as evidence from news stories and emerging trends that are popping up around us on an almost daily basis, we can see how the Millennials are beginning to shape their world, giving a foretaste of the changes to come.

As we’ve already mentioned, Generation We is history’s most active volunteering generation. They are looking for—and finding—ways to change the world, redefining the boundary lines between work, education, government, charity, and politics through social entrepreneurship and creative new forms of business. They are also forming international bonds, combining their unprecedented opportunities to see the world with new planetary perspective on the issues and problems faced by humankind.

Generation We is also using the power of the purse to influence business, shaping their consuming activities to influence the behavior of major corporations. For example, the widespread outrage that brought down the Boomer-beloved radio shock jock Don Imus in 2007 was initially sparked by a Millennial activist, Ryan Chiachiere.  Working for the website Media Matters for America, the 26-year-old Chiachiere found the offensive video clip of Imus using racial and sexual stereotypes to slur the members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team. He circulated the clip using one of Generation We’s favorite technologies—YouTube. The resulting furor led to Imus’s firing by CBS and his ultimate relegation to a far less influential radio slot on a different network.

I say all this only to further support and encourage Generation We to remain engaged and hopeful that change can happen.

6 Responses to “Hope”

  1. Ana Navidad Says:

    Hello friends across the sea…although technically I don’t qualify as Generation WE (born 1971)…I know I belong more to the WE Generation than any other…and now my children are Millennial children too and you have all really inspired me to stay strong…I am a tired but reawakening activist and you have all given me much hope and helped me remember WE are not alone…WE CAN make the world the vision WE know is our human potential and definitely the next place the world will go together. Where we all want to be. I will keep working hard in preparation for your coming and continuing efforts. Thank you! With love from Australia.

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