Shifting the Paradigm

New Perspectives on the Generations

In shifting the paradigm of cross-generational relationships, we’re finding that the old separations & limiting cultural beliefs we have inherited are no longer relevant as we consciously step into new ways of “working together for a change”.

CLICK THE TABS BELOW to see our thoughts on the old “prevailing view” and the new “emerging” view (or download this pdf to see the information in a table).

Idealism, energy, and vitality are the purview of the younger generation.
Idealism, vitality, and energy can be accessed at any stage of life.
Wisdom and experience are the purview of the older generation.
Wisdom can be accessed at any age or stage based on each person’s unique life experience and perspectives
Older people are teachers/mentors – younger people are students/learners. Older adults need to transfer their knowledge of “how things work.”
Older people and younger people can “co-mentor” each other, using each other’s unique contributions to co-evolve innovative systems and solutions adapted to current and future challenges.
Age 30-60 are the productive years. Elders and youth are less relevant.
We are one generation alive together — whatever our age or stage of life. We need the participation and gifts of each generation in the “circle of life.” Productive contributions to the challenges we face can be made even by the youngest or most elderly among us.
Naming and categorizing generations can inform how we understand and “manage” each other (i.e. Boomers, Millenials, Gen X etc)
True collaboration and partnership require authentic conversation and engagement together beyond stereotypes and statistical norms.
My generation knows best (young buck-old buck)
Mutual compassion, curiosity, and respect lie at the heart of creating innovative possibilities together.
Past family or other generational experiences color future relationships.
Safe, hospitable spaces which foster mutual compassion, forgiveness, love and healing form new “habits of the heart” and the ground from which innovative futures can emerge.
The next generation will have to solve our current local and global challenges.  We had our day. Now it’s up to them.
Our challenges cannot be solved by the younger generations alone. We need to evolve a culture of shared responsibility and investment for our common future as long as any of us are part of the “circle of life.” The future of our species and this planet depends of all of us working in partnership across traditional boundaries of age and stage.


Amy LenzoShifting the Paradigm