Millenial Is A State Of Mind

by crystal wilson

I am always amazed at how easy it is to pull people together when a common purpose is identified.  A few weeks back, working in conjunction with Borealis Grille and Bar and Hemmings House Pictures, we brought a fantastic group of people together to eat, drink and be merry.  And watch a documentary. And talk about really important world changing things.  That might sound like a dreadful bore to some, but for the crowd that was drawn to Guelph from all across Southwestern Ontario (and even Montreal!) it was a delightful opportunity to share a meal and conversation with like-minded people who bring a different perspective to the topics they have spent hours conversing about already. 

Born out of an internet friendship, The Millennial Dream: Dinner and a Movie saw New Brunswick’s Greg Hemmings make the trek to Guelph to share his film with a new audience.  Hosted by three B Corps, the event drew interest from other certified businesses, as well as university staff and interested individuals.   Seating was family style, so there were many opportunities for conversation among strangers right off the hop.  The film drew everyone in right away, discussing the vast differences between the American Dream which has driven our ambition for the past half a century and the Millennial Dream, which is more about contribution, community, and passion than financial gain and home ownership.    This is an important conversation for Guelph, as we face the challenges of urban sprawl, walkable communities and drawing innovative new business owners and workers.   The way in which we set up our cities, based on this documentary, will have a huge impact on their desirability amongst  the millennial population – which is in the process of becoming the major player in our workforce and the economy as a whole. 

One of the major encouragements that I found in the film and subsequent conversation, was that this “Millennial Dream” is not just for Millennials.  There are so many people, both younger and older than that predetermined age range (18-33 at this time) who are concerned with how we live and work together most effectively.  There is a broad range of people who want to see business used as a force for good, and neighbourhoods become hubs of community and innovation rather than groups of strangers.  This gives me hope, and tells me that there is a tribe of people who will change things in this world. 

Collaboration and community are the way of the future.  What examples of those things have you seen recently? Share in the comments to inspire the rest of us!