This is a very well written post by Umair Haquefrom the Harvard Buisness Blog. Well worth taking the time to read, and hopefully will inspire and provide us “M” Geners with a renewed sense of optimism and awakening to our responsibility. The time is now and we must start to build the future:
You wanted exurbs, sprawl, and gated anti-communities. We want a society built on authentic community.
You wanted more money, credit and leverage — to consume ravenously. We want to be great at doing stuff thatmatters.
You sacrificed the meaningful for the material: you sold out the very things that made us great for trivial gewgaws, trinkets, and gadgets. We’re not for sale: we’re learning to once again do what is meaningful.
There’s a tectonic shift rocking the social, political, and economic landscape. The last two points above are what express it most concisely. I hate labels, but I’m going to employ a flawed, imperfect one: Generation “M.”
What do the “M”s in Generation M stand for? The first is for a movement. It’s a little bit about age — but mostly about a growing number of people who are acting very differently. They are doing meaningful stuff that matters the most. Those are the second, third, and fourth “M”s.
Gen M isn’t just kind of awesome — it’s vitally necessary. Why?
The crisis isn’t going away, changing, or “morphing.” It’s the same old crisis — and it’s growing.
You’ve failed to recognize it for what it really is. It is, as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, in our institutions: the rules by which our economy is organized.
But they’re your institutions, not ours. You made them — and they’re broken. Here’s what I mean:
“… For example, the auto industry has cut back production so far that inventories have begun to shrink — even in the face of historically weak demand for motor vehicles. As the economy stabilizes, just slowing the pace of this inventory shrinkage will boost gross domestic product, or GDP, which is the nation’s total output of goods and services.”
Clearing the backlog of SUVs built on 30-year-old technology is going to pump up GDP? So what? There couldn’t be a clearer example of why GDP is a totally flawed concept, an obsolete institution. We don’t need more land yachts clogging our roads: we need a 21st Century auto industry.
I was (kind of) kidding about seceding before. Here’s what it looks like to me: every generation has a challenge, and this, I think, is ours. It’s Gen M’s job to foot the bill for your profligacy — and create, instead, an authentically, sustainably shared prosperity.
I agree with this thinking. It’s a nice summation of a large breadth of political, economic and cultural observation (and insight). From my perspective, the motivation behind this cultural change is an elevated awareness of the realities of life and our own existence. We are aware of the limitations of our predecessors. We are aware of the effects of escalation. We are even aware of the limitations of our own knowledge. Consciously, we are becoming internally oriented versus externally focused. Morality and creativity are front and center and the division between life and work is becoming blurred. Fully fledged change will take many generations, but I’m excited for my generation and the generations to come and look forward to passing our collective wisdom. These are optimistic times. via: jonathansadlowe