I’m tired of hearing about how Millennials/Gen Y, aka. WE, are lazy, narcissistic and apathetic.
So far, I’ve travelled to and worked in 17 countries. I maxed out every opportunity during my university years to travel by working, volunteering, interning, researching, teaching and studying abroad. I can say from first-hand experience that young people from North America to Europe to Africa are Digital Natives and Global Citizens who are working to create a better world.
1. Millennials aren’t afraid of technology that changes too fast.
In fact, we welcome it. We are quick to pick up on the latest widget, gadgets and apps and find ways to use them to solve our problems in ways that the inventors hadn’t even considered. We dive right in and learn how to use new technology without a second thought.
2. Millennials embrace a global mindset.
We spend hours upon hours online and we devour information about events happening around the world. We can make friends with other young people all around the world and stay in touch with them with the click of a button. As we grow older and older, those relationships will grow with us and we’ll have a global network of friends. A global network like the Sandbox Network is a perfect example of how young entrepreneurs and leaders are meeting up around the world, supporting each other and sharing their ideas.
3. Millennials are impatient.
We are impatient about finishing school. We’re impatient about finding a job. We’re impatient with governments that fail their nations. We’re impatient with problems that should have simple solutions. So we create our own solutions. Whether its a website, an app or a social enterprise, we find ways to bootstrap solutions and get them out to the people who need them. Freed from the constraints of institutions and policies, we create new models for social innovation that organizations have yet to realize the benefits of.
4. Millennials feel entitled.
This is often considered a bad thing, but I see that it is the very reason why so much millennials will create the change they wish to see in the world. Coupled with technology and a global mindset, Millennials have come to realize the injustice in the world and are using the Internet and social media to make a statement. We feel entitled to live in a world with fresh air, clean water, non-GMO foods. We feel that education, healthcare and freedom from oppression are things that all human beings are entitles to.