To celebrate the approaching end of 2021, we wanted to share 3 trends that are particularly close to our hearts at TST. This month’s list is important to us because it exemplifies a future that we wish to create. It’s a future in which we continue to learn from the youngest among us, learning becomes increasingly democratized, and we respect and revive the people and cultures that came before us.
Here are your December trends:
From ravaging to reckoning.
Having entered teenage-hood in the age of life-limiting, global issues such as the climate crisis, young people are taking ownership over conjuring the kind of world they want to live in. They’re taking entrepreneurial and digital-led mindsets, securing themselves financially and becoming activists.
There’s also a growing acknowledgement that other generations have a lot to learn from this age group. To promote a future of inter-generational dialogue, marketers are creating content to encourage older audiences to learn from their young counterparts.
Create opportunities for facilitated, multi-generational interaction in the workplace. This could be anything from a training session wherein multi-generational groups workshop a solution to a problem, to informal gatherings where ideas are shared on a particular topic. Aim to get people to see something from different and new perspectives.
According to Seeking Alpha, half of nine to twelve year olds in Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada play either Roblox or Minecraft. Alpha and young Gen Z normalise conducting life entirely in digital and immaterial spaces. The immaterial, or digital, is where they play, socialize, learn, buy and sell. Increasingly, it’s also where they study; young people are live streaming themselves while studying in an effort to motivate others. This is making way for the next generation of co-working spaces which will aim to facilitate co-learning.
In addition to formal, facilitator-led learning, create opportunities and spaces for Early Talent to come together and learn with each other. This could be anything from spaces in which to engage in unplanned co-working and learning, to planned sessions in which they workshop their way through a self-led process together to learn about it.
Working toward reconciliation.
We’re witnessing a restoration of indigenous practice into daily life. This is happening in cities through engaged co-design, music, film and sport. We can view this trend as an exemplification of an increasing desire to reconcile with past decisions. In other words, we have a growing concern for doing the right thing, and we can see this especially with the rise of diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging agendas across organisations globally.
Find opportunities to recognize people and openly acknowledge how everyone contributes to great work. Pay particular attention to where people’s contributions are under-recognised. Do this with consistency.