The Generation GapJanuary 22, 2010 6 Comments
Having just come off the holidays, when family members are likely to be gathered around as captive (and hopefully not tortured) audiences, we experience those stand-out moments of the highly anticipated and often dreaded….intergenerational conversation.
And if you’re like me, you realize that although these conversations on issues we care about are often hard, emotionally charged and possibly frustratingthe common spaces and skills set many of us used to draw upon to talk, solve problems, pray, play and laugh together — across generations — are dwindling. The generation gap is widening. When it comes to movement building, community organizing, and wisdom-sharing in particular, it seems that in my community and life, it’s at an all time low.
Find yourself within this listing of generational names, based on birth year, commonly accepted by demographers:
2000/2010-Present – New Silent Generation or Generation Z
1980-2000 – Millennial or Generation Y
1965-1979 – Generation X
1946-1964 – Baby Boom
1925-1945 – Silent Generation
1900-1924 – G.I. Generation
And please share your thoughts:
What’s up with The Generation Gap from where you sit? How do you experience it? Do you care? Do you believe, as do I, that it’s one of priority we (who believe in freedom, justice, our culture, our cause, our legacies, etc.) need to tackle and resolve?
I’m particularly interested to hear stories and musings on what people feel are its implications for social justice movement building, cultural transmission, organizational development, community problem-solving and so on. Personally, I’m grieved about it in my own community and life space. And, I know that in these times of paradigm shift, turn of the century, and complex challenges, there are national, and global, implications as well.