“Youth is the smile of the future in front of the unknown, who is he”
Viktor Igo Les Miserables
The transition will be made by young people
The theory U Author Otto Scharmer’s goal is a systemic and complex approach to the world. One of the dimensions of its theory of change lies in the recommendation to include three main variables in all projects:
- “the next generation”,
- “excluded” and
Regardless of the nature of the project and its deviation, the criteria of the funding plan, the definitions of the specifications, the diagnoses to be made, the educational approaches to it, Otto Scharmer invites us to integrate these three elements into our thoughts.
Implementing them fundamentally changes the way we think and makes the world happen. In terms of pedagogy, this meeting with young people creates an understanding of the future. Everything happens as if the “young people” instinctively felt the winds of the world and gave direction to follow.
Perhaps this moment in life, when they grow up and discover what surrounds and shape them, becomes a privileged moment when they capture what is happening more than others. Genetic, hormonal and social alchemy would make them feel differently than adults who are already full of experience and confidence.
If the transition comes from the “new”, then the question is, what do they believe? What is their view of the world?
For the sake of language, I will speak of ‘young people’, while acknowledging that such an overarching term is manifestly false and misleading, as it refers to the different realities of people under the age of 30 and has little in common depending on the difference in wealth, living environment (city / fields), language skills and national social codes.
The subject is less sociological knowledge and the search for more openness between these ‘young people’ and the business leaders who are trying to understand them. It should be noted that both young people and managers have survived the Covid crisis more or less comfortably. Everyone, regardless of their age, was challenged about what made sense in their lives, how they lived in the world, and what the company was for.
A survey in Canada, which could be replicated in many Western countries, revealed fragility of young people in terms of habitats and resources. If they were not the only ones affected, their living conditions, resources, health and lifestyle were affected to such an extent that commentators spoke of the “victim generation”. Even more than their individual situations, the issue of ecological transition is at the forefront of their concerns.
Particularly educational investigation carried out MEDEF in 2021 The association representing the French leaders points out that it is more sensitive to ecological transition issues than the rest of the sample surveyed. Almost systematically, both young people and business leaders agree on an understanding of the problems. But the youngest (here under the age of 35) are very attracted to the economic downturn. They claim to be well informed and especially responsible.
A 2021 CSA (Consumer Science & Analytics) survey France confirms this ecological transition tropism. “In order to get an equivalent offer, 78% of employees would like to join a company that is committed to greening.” Young people are once again in the first place in this matter.
In addition, from the 2019 survey, for example, that from graduate, During the great climate strike, their distrust in the public discourse on ecological transition was emphasized in an attempt to give the views of “young people”.
The Ipsos survey of 2021 shows that young people are very sensitive to the issue of global warming and at the same time have a poor knowledge of vocabulary and scientific knowledge on the subject. According to this survey, young people trust scientists the most.
CVT initiatives to bridge the generation gap (part of it).
There are reverse mentoring, cross-learning, living my life practices that allow young people and adults to build a better mutual understanding of the profession, of a professional gesture. This is an example of a vocational high school student training teachers in the welding gestures they have just mastered (Everyone in the workshop close encounter Stefania Kupāde). This type of practice increases empathy and tends to reduce awareness of the other world. Taking young people into account is a rescue exercise when we see emerging world leaders committing and stepping down all the paths they are revealing. Marriages »This French feature film that shows how alternatives are created by rejecting, coexisting or confronting the dominant model. However, practices are also being invented that involve creating the space for mutual listening, dialogue and imagination that may exist in the future.
Long time managers from APM (Progress Management Association), the French-speaking business leaders association is trying to address young people and bridging the growing generation gap in terms of both value and global experience. They try to understand their code, worldviews to better recruit and meet their needs perhaps better manage them in companies.
Group APME3 (joint ventures) decided to invest in building a future solution that is more friendly to people and the climate by organizing a seminar with half young people and half leaders.
The initiative comes from a solid core of leaders who are eager to re-establish dialogue with young people who do not seem to trust grand speeches, promises and public speeches. These leaders are inspired by new practices consisting of involve young people in strategic committees as the restaurant chain Signorizza does. The chain co-manager has a simple word ” Let’s listen to the young people Maybe a secret to share in order to acquire the skills needed for tomorrow?
ApmE3 companies are committed together https://apme3.xyz/?The-voice-of-youth
Share how young people see the world https://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/comment-les-jeunes-voient-le-monde_1623779.html
Alsace. Young people have a key role to play in societal change https://www.lalsace.fr/environnement/2020/11/27/les-jeunes-ont-un-role-majeur-pour-changer-la-societand
The world. I fear for myself and the future of the planet. What do young people think before the presidential election. https://www.lemonde.fr/election-presidentielle-2022/article/2022/04/05/j-ai-peur-pour-mon-avenir-et-pour-celui-de-la-planete-ce- what-young-think-before-the-president_6120710_6059010.html
Airzen. A voice for young people at work to inspire businesses https://www.airzen.fr/la-voix-des-jeunes-au-travail-pour-inspire-les-entreprises/
Advisory Committee on Youth https://ccjeunes.org/
Sandrine Rouxel Let’s listen to young people https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODCTa5SW45w
Business transformation Young people and entrepreneurs: when the current is flowing! https://www.apm.fr/business-transformation/jeune-lyceen/
Ajir. Around congress clubs, young people involved in meetings with business leaders https://www.ajir-jeunesimpliques.org/blog/2015/10/13/convention-clubs-apm-les-jeunes-impliques-a-la-rencontre-des-chefs-dentreprises/
Cayouette-Remblière, J., & Guéraut, É. (2022). Work, find accommodation and break isolation. A youth weakened and divided by the first prison. https://hal.uca.fr/hal-03594984/document
Everyone in the workshop close encounter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MkOPrN2RQA
MEDEF survey on ecological transition https://www.ifop.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/118013-Presentation.pdf
Ecological transition in business: employee expectations Http://youmatter.world/fr/transition-ecologique-entreprise-expectations-salaries-training/
Diplome. Youth and ecology. Http://diplomeo.com/actualite-sondage_ecologie_jeunes
Ipsos. 79% of young people say they are interested in global warming https://www.ipsos.com/fr-fr/79-des-jeunes-se-se-dissent-interesses-par-la-thematique-du-climate-warming
See other articles by this author
“Falls down a lot. Writer. Passionate alcohol maven. Future teen idol. Hardcore music practitioner. Food fanatic. Devoted travel fan.”