This quarter I am teaching a graduate course in Public Management and Leadership. Part of last night’s class focused on generational differences. Both Frances Kunreuther’s essay: “The Changing of the Guard–What Generational Differences Tell Us About Social-Change Organizations,” and a David Brooks video: “Humility in the Time of Me,” served to generate an interesting discussion amongst a room full of 20 and 30 somethings. Not to belabor a somewhat worn out topic, let’s just say there is clearly good reason not to fret about our civic future. Yes, our society is certainly facing its fair share of challenges. When has this not been the case? We may be slow but it is human nature to eventually rise to the occasion. Broad brushed strokes to describe anything, generations included, will usually require an asterisk for all of the exceptions. Like the maturation process itself, it takes time to move from self-absorption to self-awareness. Last nights discussion gave me pause to reflect back on an article I wrote back in 2016.
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