One of the many reasons I’m optimistic about the future is because we will soon be led by the first generation without boundaries.
This generation is transcending traditional boundaries and shattering artificial borders. They are shaking things up and making dynamic what has become static. They are changing the way we change the world.
The best of them:
- See the link between local behaviour and global challenges. Example: Me to We.
- Link their souls and their strategies. Example: Great Bear Rainforest campaign
- Make connections among seemingly disparate problems such as climate change, temperature fluctuations, soil erosion, transportation costs, food prices, hunger, debt and poverty. Example: One Earth
- Are agnostic about which sector they choose to advance a more just world – if necessary they will mash it up and create a hybrid of traditional sectors. Example: Institute Without Boundaries
- Rise above marginalization as a special interest group. Example: Think Jar Collective
- Help us experience the world we desire rather than just describing it. Thus the infusion of peace, art and play into movements like Idle No More and Les Casseroles (Montrealers banging pots and pans in support of student strike)
- Combine innovation with tradition. Example: Gen Why Media
It has taken many of us decades to look beyond the boundaries we were born into and to realize we can, and perhaps must, span the structures we inhabit if we want to create a world where everyone belongs and where everyone’s contribution is welcomed.
Yes, the generation without boundaries will make mistakes. This are inevitable as they venture into the unknown where structures collapse and categories become ambiguous. However, it’s hard to imagine their mistakes being any worse than those of previous generations. And surely none are as great as the suffocating parameters that defined our relationships with each other.
It is time for us to rethink the idea of citizenship, to reconceive the structures of political commitment and membership against the background of our shape-shifting world.
From The World We Want by Mark Kingwell
It’s taken miles to make it here
And in the end it seems so clear
We are, We are all running, We are all running
the same race
We are, We are all going, We are all going to the same place.