Millennials and Post-Millennials Are Helping To Create A Better World

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December 17, 2017
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Much of the negative press surrounding Millennials and post-Millennials is lacking nuance. The two generations are the most socially aware, driven by authenticity, and are helping to lead efforts to protect the environment. I recently had the opportunity to speak to Cam Wilkie, Chase Dobbie, and Everett Vane on how millennial entrepreneurs can help foster change.

At this point headlines featuring the latest company or product Millennials have ‘killed’ has become somewhat comical. Everything from Buffalo Wild Wings, Napkins, Hooters, Golf, and the diminishing of a number of brands are laid at the feet of the youngest generations of Americans.

However, when we look at Millennials and post-Millenials there are far more to like than dislike. Even Millennial entrepreneurs are aware of their effect on the planet and are searching for social and environmental solutions rather than simply looking to maximize profit.

Nicole Weaver states:

Other generations like to make us seem lazy, but it’s not that we don’t want to work – we just don’t want to work for others. According to a survey from Bentley University, 67 percent of their respondents said they wanted to start their own business, while 13 percent said they hope to climb the ladders to become CEO or president.

She continues, “Not a week goes by without a public outrage over police brutality, sexism, homophobia, or any number of other issues. We don’t get change from people being complacent, so the unrest is actually a good thing, and young people taking to social media and the streets to express it is amazing,” meaning the youngest generations are interested in socially equality while building brands which exemplify those ideals.

Sammy Nickalls also adds to the conversation, “According to Psychology Today, millennials are more genuine. They thrive on being judged by their performance, and they respect those with experience rather than power.” In addition, Millennials seem to have become the most educated generation of all-time, which may be passed by post-Millennials in several decades.

How Millennials Are Making Change

Groups like Enactus and DECA exist in order to help bring students into the business world. However, these organizations also strive to have a positive effect on social and environmental issues. While younger individuals often have their entrepreneurial efforts balked at, many still push to become agents of change. Cam Wilkie, Chase Dobbie, and Everett Vane, co-founders of are familiar with that hurdle.

The group is based out of Toronto and I recently had the opportunity to speak to them about Millennials and their role in the world.

“Millennials​ ​thrive​ ​on​ ​challenging​ ​the​ ​status​ ​quo.​ ​Being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​leverage​ ​platforms​ ​like​ ​Instagram to​ ​connect​ ​and​ ​share​ ​your​ ​own​ ​unique​ ​view​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​is​ ​something​ ​entirely​ ​new​ ​and​ ​distinct to​ ​our​ ​generation.​ ​The​ ​new​ ​wave​ ​of​ ​social​ ​interaction​ ​has​ ​laid​ ​the​ ​foundation​ ​for​ ​an​ ​inherently connected​ ​world,​ ​and​ ​Millennials​ ​are​ ​the​ ​ones​ ​leading​ ​the​ ​charge,” Cam stated when asked about what Millennials are doing to create change in society.

When asked why they feel authenticity is so important to Millennials and post-Millennials Everett responded, “Authenticity​ ​gives​ ​your​ ​audience​ ​a​ ​reason​ ​to​ ​connect.​ ​Millennials​ ​and​ ​post-Millennials​ ​are constantly​ ​seeking​ ​out​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​and​ ​greatest​ ​offering​ ​-​ ​being​ ​genuine​ ​and​ ​transparent​ ​helps consumers​ ​relate​ ​to​ ​the​ ​brand​ ​on​ ​a​ ​personal​ ​level.​ ​With​ ​all​ ​the​ ​information​ ​available​ ​at​ ​our fingertips​ ​-​ ​there’s​ ​no​ ​reason​ ​to​ ​pretend​ ​your​ ​brand​ ​is​ ​something​ ​it​ ​isn’t.​ ​Based​ ​on​ ​our experience,​ ​Millennials​ ​and​ ​post-Millennials​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​what’s​ ​real.”

“I​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​millennials​ ​are​ ​often​ ​the​ ​topic​ ​of​ ​unfair​ ​critique​ ​because​ ​of​ ​our​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​corporate​ ​work experience.​ ​Many​ Millennials​ ​turn​ ​away​ ​from​ ​the​ ​cookie-cutter​ ​corporate​ ​career​ ​model,​ ​in-turn lacking​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​knowledge​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​to​ ​sufficiently​ ​scale​ ​a​ ​business.​ ​With​ ​, what​ ​we​ ​lack​ ​in​ ​corporate​ ​experience,​ ​we​ ​gain​ ​in​ ​our​ ​own​ ​unique​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​calculated decision​ ​making.​ ​We​ ​never​ ​make​ ​impulsive,​ ​rash​ ​decisions​ ​-​ ​we​ ​want​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​what​ ​we’re doing​ ​is​ ​right​ ​for​ ​the​ ​now​ ​and​ ​also​ ​right​ ​for​ ​the​ ​future.​” Chase stated when asked why they feel Millennials are often the topic of unfair critique from bloggers.

When I asked the group about their goals as a company in regards to environmental and social issues Chase continued, “I​ ​think​ ​the​ ​great​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​having​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​social​ ​platform​ ​is​ ​you​ ​can​ ​share​ ​your​ ​opinions​ ​and thoughts​ ​to​ ​your​ ​followers​ ​on​ ​social​ ​and​ ​environmental​ ​issues​ ​and​ ​have​ ​people​ ​from​ ​all​ ​around the​ ​world​ ​listen.​ ​Many​ ​great​ ​social​ ​and​ ​environmental​ ​movements​ ​of​ ​the​ ​21st​ ​century​ ​have​ ​been attributed​ ​to​ ​social​ ​media​ ​[#BellLetsTalk].”