By Helen Hirsh Spence
Perhaps you have also noticed the flood of attention that is being given to the phrase “OK Boomer”? To me, it highlights the need for improved communication between and among generations. Instead of interpreting this as a slur, I believe it presents a unique opportunity for all generations to assess and improve upon their styles of communication. This also happens to be the focus of December's newsletter.
Without going into a lengthy dissertation on how complicated communication can be, the “OK boomer” sentiment illustrates well how misunderstandings and unintended negative consequences can be propelled and propagated by social media. The opposite is also true but social media tends to polarize perspectives. It divides people into camps of believers and non-believers. Look at politics today, especially south of the border (although we are no angels either).
I choose to take the expression, "OK boomer", to mean that there is a general malaise among younger people who feel disrespected by older generations. It necessitates, at the very least, a serious conversation to untangle the bias, ignorance and myth that is the underpinning of the remark. Instead of causing greater misunderstanding, it can serve as a unifying force to show that boomers actually have more in common with younger generations than differences. When you take a look below, you’ll find some tools and resources that we’ve gathered to help you with your conversations.
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