The Millennial generation catches a lot of flack. We’ve been called lazy, self-absorbed, and (in many cases) far worse. The fact is, though, this criticism has followed most generations in recent history… We’re just next in line.
What does differentiate us is that we are coming into our own having recently experienced a nearly across-the-board collapse of institutional reliability: the highest level of student loan debt in American history, accrued in an economy that doesn’t have room for intelligent young graduates, with a government that is unable or unwilling to make even moderate progress on the nation’s most pressing issues.
What differentiates us is that in the face of this overwhelming ineptitude from on high, we are still creating change from the ground up. PresenTense Chicago, partnered with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Chicago, provides these young minds with the resources they need to formulate and execute meaningful change.
I was lucky enough to be asked by the PresenTense team to create this video promoting Launch Night, an event at which this year’s eight fellows will present their solutions to some of the biggest social problems of our day.