It seems like generations are always at odds with each other. “OK boomer” is a phrase with just a hint of condescension. And millennials probably want a dollar for every time they have been called entitled or lazy. These stereotypes put people of different ages at war over the voices that are the loudest. Yes, people are different because of the era they grew up in, but can people really be fundamentally different on matters of life? Brian Sherwood, founder of Generation Bridge, believes that when people come together, they can learn from each other. To demonstrate, he talks to David and Julia (millennials!) on Bold TV and takes one more step toward bridging the treacherous generation gap.
Foundation Bridge focuses on similarities instead of differences. People from different age generations actually have life stages in common. Sherwood has two toddler children, but the other parents at daycare are sometimes two decades his junior. These days, every combination of age and life stage exists. But the fragmentation of the internet and social media can emphasize the differences, organizing people into their respective groups. If people never find common ground, how could they see eye-to-eye?
We all know it’s satisfying to know something that younger people don’t, whether it’s a younger sibling or that one friend who is literally two years younger. But while the condescending tone of “kids today…” will probably never go away, Generation Bridge wants to foster conversation between people of different ages. Believe it or not, young people, older generations have experience and wisdom. And older people, young generations have an advantage of growing up in a technological world and may know a thing or two. Generation Bridge believes that when people sit down to have a conversation, there’s a certain politeness that should kick in. Maybe conversation can ultimately lead to respect and compassion. Check out the conversation.