Next Avenue: OK boomer, let’s work together: People of all ages want to collaborate to make the world a better place

by | Dec 19, 2022 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. “A lot of young people come off as antagonistic toward adults,” acknowledged Thanasi Dilos, co-founder of a startup called Civics Unplugged. “But they’re not representative of most of the young people who are doing the work.”

Dilos, who is 19, works closely with David Cooperstein, a 56-year-old marketing expert, to spread the word about how the group supports young leaders with innovative ideas for solving community problems. “The adults that work with us provide credibility and keep us grounded,” Dilos said. “The last thing we need is generations apart.” New research shows that Dilos is on to something. A nationally representative survey — commissioned by the organization I work for, CoGenerate (formerly Encore.org), and conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago earlier this year — found deep interest from all ages, but particularly young people, in bringing generations together to solve problems and bridge divides. The survey of 1,549 Americans, aged 18 to 92, also revealed which adults are most eager to start, the surprising issues each generation selects as top priorities for working together, and the barriers the generations must overcome to act on their interest.  Don’t miss: So long, senior centers and nursing homes. Older adults don’t want to spend their time in places where they are seen as victims in decline.Focus on findings First, th …

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