by Tom Ostermanunnamed-4

Osterman retired after a Career in Sales Management/Mentoring at P&G. He is a graduate of U.C. and is currently Interacting with 16 young people, of the millennial generation, having exceptional talent(s).  

The millennial generation’s mantra is to “change the world” which will require their very best, united effort in many fields, especially the humanitarian field.   They could make some headway in this effort by embracing and understanding the forward-looking concept called “Beyond Civility.”

Beyond Civility zeroed in on the politics/government/civics challenges in understanding and appreciating the other person’s point of view.  So if the millennial generation could extend that civility to all peoples and all circumstances they would be on target to change the world.

It’s a very tall order to accomplish, yet consider this; there are at least one half million millennials in the Cincinnati Metro area; approximately 75 million in the United States and at least 1.7 billion of them worldwide.  And this generation does seem less interested in power and excessive wealth and more interested in solving some of the more pressing human problems like health, education and poverty.

But what percentage of them think in terms of humanitarian efforts at the same time they are deeply interested in their own talents and careers.  The Cincinnati Enquirer published a survey recently of millennials related to volunteering when traveling outside the U.S.  It found 84% of millennials are up for volunteering.  Compare that to Generation Xers 68% and the Baby Boomers 51%.

The world needs the majority in this millennial generation with their talents and ambition, as well as their humanitarian bent, to carry the torch of civility to all corners of the planet.  Imagine a world with “civility” engineered and executed by most of the 1.7 billion millennials worldwide.  It could happen.

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