The Power Behind Multi-Generational Solutions
Is the generation gap widening? Could this disconnect be the attributing factor to many of our current global concerns? Multi-generational solutions are a great angle from which to collaboratively approach the resolution of issues such as population expansion, wasted water and energy, as well as healthy living and food security practices.
There’s a current lack of understanding that’s being felt between two population-dominant generations. One generation – Gen Y – is seen as having an impulsive need for instant gratification, while the other generation – Baby Boomers – are seen as stubbornly holding onto traditional values without the flexibility that today’s marketplace demands. These groups find themselves in the same work place, the same political arena, and often fighting for similar social causes. But what’s the problem? In a word, communication. A feeling of misunderstanding on either side of the spectrum has caused resentment and finger pointing.
This form of collaboration is possibly one of the most important potential alliances that could help in solving our current global issues. These sustainable cities can be developed collaboratively to address chronic urban issues such as climate change, food distribution, energy, and water which affect each and every generation. In the bigger picture, the cities – how they’re run, developed, and inhabited – are ultimately the eventual responsibility of Gen Y as we will begin to see a mass exodus of Baby Boomers from the workforce as they head into their retirement years.
Mentorship programs, multi-generational solutions in collaborative forums, and the empowerment of Gen Y leaders by their parents’ generation can all been used as tools to create results that are sustainable for tomorrow’s children, especially surrounding health, food, and climate change. A mutual respect for the wisdom and work ethic of Baby Boomers and the optimism and open-mindedness of Gen Y is paramount in achieving constructive collaboration.
A look in the rearview mirror is also necessary so that we may assess how far we’ve come and evaluate what has worked and what has failed. Learning from the lessons of generations past is what will truly lead to our sustainable evolution for better health and opportunities for future generations.
Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of all who currently inhabit our planet to work together to understand the problems at hand, their roots causes, and find and apply appropriate and long-lasting solutions. We believe one important way to make this happen is by marrying the brilliance, lessons, and knowledge of our ancestors with the innovation of our youth, technology, and the access to information that our grandparents couldn’t conceive possible, in order to create a healthy unified world.
By applying the practice of multi-generational solutions in the workforce and in the community, generations after us will know we did the best we could for them.
-Tara (Gen X) and Emily (Gen Y)Feature Image: Farmers apply multi-generational approaches. Image via Laughing-Listening-Learning.