The text below is an excerpt from the original article by Giovanna Mingarelli, published May 23, 2013 on The Huffington Post.
I was recently invited to attend a briefing on values and leadership at the White House in Washington, D.C. It was graciously convened by President Obama’s Office of Public Engagement and the D.C. Global Shapers.
A community of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers is an international network of over 200 city-based hubs developed and led by 1,500 promising leaders between the ages of 20 and 30 who use their entrepreneurialism to serve society.
Along with my fellow Canadian Shaper, Brian Kingston, and several dozen Global Shapers from around the world, we were honoured to take part in a series of “TED Talks” and workshops hosted and moderated by senior officials from the Office of the President.
During the course of our day, we grouped together by interest on issues such as health care, gun violence, employment, climate change, preventative disease, and education. In a breakout session focused on civic engagement with Shapers from Boston, Mass. and Charlotte, NC, we were challenged to identify a problem faced by the Milliennial Generation — those between 15 and 30 years of age — with respect to civic engagement. We were then asked to envision a tangible solution to that problem.
In his recent book: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, New York University Digital Professor Clay Shirky contends there’s now more than one trillion hours of human intentions that go untapped every year.
What’s more, according to the CIA World Factbook, there are more than 1.7 billion Millennials on earth today, who, based on recent studies, are actually the most likely group in the 21st century to take action for each other, a cause or a government.