31 Aug

Generation We

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

“The Millenials” are those born between 1978 and 2000.  This generation, the largest in history, includes 95 million people.  All of my children fit into this category, and I have seen some remarkable contributions from this group.  They are leading a period of sweeping change in the US and around the world.  The book “Generation We,” winner of the Montaigne Medal for most though provoking book, takes a look at how these young people are inheriting a world of war, environmental degradation, dysfunctional health and educational systems, and a sagging economy.  And it shows how this same group has the intelligence and innovation to move the world beyond these issues to some of our greatest achievements.

My son Brian is a college student.  One might expect college students to spend their downtime hanging out at parties and goofing off.  But many of these students feel that there is a greater purpose to their lives, and they want to make good use of their time by helping others.  Brian and his friends spend one day a week making sandwiches in their dorm rooms, and taking them downtown to deliver personally to homeless people.  The people they meet express their gratitude, and say that more than the food, they enjoy the company and the conversation.  I love it that this new generation is setting a good example for all of us.

Generation We – on amazon


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