Millennials: We might be Selfie-Obsessed, but we're also your Biggest Asset.
I'm a millennial, and I fit most of the millennial stereotypes: I graduated college after 4.5 years of knowing "exactly what I wanted to do" only to decide "finding myself" was more important. I then took a semi-unemployed year off doing so, working as a freelance photographer while preparing myself emotionally to take on the big real world that awaited. I valued "self" over profit (still do), and was even willing to embark on the often shamefully referenced venture of moving back in with one's parents for a while after gradation. I keep a blog (you are reading it), I regularly update my Facebook status, and my instagram feed is riddled with several (hundred) pictures of myself that I took...myself. While I could see why someone (okay, every publication in America), might gather that I am part of a generation so concerned with it's own self-discovery that it may never pick itself up off the couch, I wholeheartedly disagree. I happen to think that while we're not perfect, we're a fabulous generation of individuals who are perhaps so concerned with our own well-being that we might just be able to fill the world with even more well-being than it had before we arrived.
Kari Saratovsky, author of "Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement", agrees with me, and I was lucky enough to get to interview her for my online talk show on TheBusinessMakers.com this weekend. Check out the video below and hear Kari discuss why the millennials, while less interested in making a profit, might be more interested in changing the world...and might be really good at it.