Whenever I speak at high schools or colleges, I quote Van Jones: “Only your generation is diverse enough, loving enough, determined enough, and connected enough to meet the true moral challenge that we face.” I believe that. But I also feel a little like a heel when I say it — like I’m making excuses for my generation’s failure to deal!
But now I can deliver more than exhortations to Gen Next. I tote copies of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World.
When I think of Van’s “Only your generation….” quote, I think of Billy Parish, one of the co-authors of Making Good. He’s also a founder of Solar Mosaic, a crowd-financing tool for solar that shows how distributed solutions and social networking can disrupt old systems and dissolve barriers to energy transformation.
Making Good is a powerful antidote to cynicism and a great practical resource. I’m sending copies to my kids and young friends. I hope I understand half the new ways they’ll create to win collectively and thrive individually. And for the other half, I’ll try to stay out of the way!