The Washington Post published an article today, For This Generation, Vocations of Service: Recent College Grads Forgo Traditional Careers, Money to Start Nonprofits Focused on Outreach, that many pubTalkers may find interesting. Not only was I introduced to the term "Millenials" - those born in the late 1970's or 80's - but I was again reminded of the role of the social entrepreneurship in addressing societal needs.
The article states, "Social entrepreneurship, the movement in which people...launch ventures to address problems in impoverished areas, emerged nearly three decades ago and is growing in appeal among young adults. Every generation has its altruists. But many Millennials...are displaying a notable urgency to make social change, even as their peers seek high salaries through traditional paths of law and business."
The article also mentioned the importance of cross-sector collaboration in affecting long-term, sustainable change. Pamela Hartigan, co-author of the new book "The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World," explained: "In the 1960s and 1970s, politics was the way we thought of changing the world. But young people today. . . believe that change is going to be brought about by business and market discipline," Hartigan said. "And so they seek to set up enterprises, not to pad their pockets, but to transform what is broken in our societies in a long-lasting way." She added that some get restless: "They are very impatient about not having a job that's meaningless."
The notion that politics is no longer the way to change the world is intriguing - particularly given the upcoming election. I also wonder about the feasibility of continued social entrepreneurship in the immediate future given the dwindling funds available to nonprofits. Much to ponder...