Generation Y is all about giving back. We see the world as being malleable, we see the way that our impact has on the people around us, we are bound together connected through social media with a hashtag and watch how we can create trends, change the news, and create change with less than a paragraph.
Now think about our very tech-inspired generation only 15 years ago. No facebook, no twitter, no real social tech congregation besides myspace and napster, and we all know those weren’t doing much social good.Most of us were probably in middle school,high school or college, being forced to do all extra-curricular activities to either get into the college of our choice, build our resume, or fulfill the hours needed for the sports team we were on, sorority we were in, or just to make ourselves more diverse individuals because our parents told us to get out of the house and stop playing so much Nintendo.
Our take on the world was the more we did to better ourselves, the more we learned and gave back, (whether it was because our hours were being logged or not), the more we were more diverse individuals, the faster we would achieve success. In a very competitive market of applying to colleges and getting into the school of your choice, or the job that you were after, the more clubs you were in, more volunteering of your time you did, and the positions you had in these clubs, the better of a chance you had to succeed.
Technology has facilitated change without necessarily physical action. Your klout score can be your new resume. Why does it matter how much volunteer work you have done or what you have participated in physically, if you have 3000 face book friends who are engaged in your content and can twitter about recycling and impact 8000 of your followers?
This is where there is danger as there is no replacement for the actual action of participating in groups, events and volunteer opportunities to better yourself as well as better the world. There are a few technology oriented companies that feel this way as well which are being showcased at CharityConnector’s event this Saturday at 121 Fulton Street.
One website CatchaFire, focuses on the platform of tailoring skill based volunteer opportunities for individuals and matching these individuals to these opportunities to inspire action. If you are interested in learning more click Here
Another platform Be Social Change is website that has created a community for people to be inspired to take action through either “BE”: (events and panels highligting innovative social entepreuners), “SOCIAL”- (meetups of diverse individuals collaborating and networking) or “CHANGE”(projects that create meaningful and sustainable impact in the NY Are).
And for those individuals who are sharing their stories of creating a disruption in the physical world around them, making changes not just from their computer but through action, TedXBigApple will be representing opportunities to not only watch these inspirational speakers from under your covers, but hopefully learn from them so that you could then create your own positive disruption.
All in all, there might not be a parent anymore telling you that you need to stop facebooking all day, or a near end goal that you need to do the required volunteer hours to build your resume, but there are opportunities that are out there for us to get up, get out, and create change within ourselves as well as the world around us, and I can promise you it is a lot more fulfilling than tweeting about it.