Rebooting Our Politics and Schools to Engage Young People
It was first published on Thomson Reuters.
There is plenty of rhetoric about “change” and “change makers” in the U.S. presidential campaign, but millennials understand “change” more viscerally. It’s a paradigm shift they feel happening under their feet.
The shift is not about trade or immigration. It’s about technology flattening hierarchies, tearing down silos, and lowering barriers across society. Changemaking capabilities once reserved for elite leaders are now available to anyone with a smartphone: e-commerce, printing presses, distribution channels, broadcasting networks.
Our kids need to cultivate an innovative mind, service heart, entrepreneurial spirit, and collaborative outlook from a tender age. If a teenager hopes to play fully in the new game, she’d better start practicing now: develop her ideas, build her team, and work collaboratively to change the world for the better.