Ok, so I love the idea of TED. TED stories have the ability to ignite the creative spirit in a pretty radical way. But the 2013 conference and theme have me wondering a little… If TED is trying to recruit “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” don’t they think that the $7,500 price tag might be a wee bit of a hindrance?
TED has found a way to leverage the creativity and entrepreneurship that this generation longs for and as the Millennial generation begins to step up into new roles of leadership, we are going to need more avenues for creative collaboration and incubation. According to a recent MTV Survey about Millennials: Career 2.0 is about first inventing a job, then doing it….
· 66% of Millennials agree they want to invent their own position at their jobs.
· 60% of Millennials agree “if I can’t find a job I like, I will try and figure out a way to create my own job.”
· 83% of Millennials are “looking for a job where my creativity is valued”
As the Millennial generation leaves college we are facing an increasingly volatile employment situation.. Tell me we haven’t all heard the grim numbers and the whispers about whether people will actually be able to utilize their degrees or shocking! pay off their college loans? But what if we saw these challenges as opportunity? This is the perfect time to network and together come up with creative innovations.
“In a sense, a Millennial entrepreneur is like an uber-Millennial. Millennial entrepreneurs exhibit an amped-up version of many of the traits intrinsic to their generation as a whole — they are even more tech savvy, more empowered and more wound up for success. They have an intense desire to change the world by remixing and reshaping industries to give power to the people instead of to an elite few at the top. As Susan Gregg from online retailer Modcloth notes on her website, “We want to fundamentally change the fashion industry! For so long, creating fashion has been this top-down process.” Modcloth gives fans a voice through its “Be The Buyer” feature, allowing them to vote on potential inventory to be sold on the site.” – Huffington Post
One of the big keys for us is to integrate/mesh the wisdom of the generation that has gone before us with the creative solutions we are feeling called to bring to the table? Social Business/L3C anyone? There is a way. Currently, I am working at Entercom Seattle and it’s pretty crazy because my boss is also an Economics professor.. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this is rocking my world.
“I’m encouraging young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money. Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.” - Muhammad Yunus