We are conscious elders who seek to create and support deep connection with young adults in groups or individually. Our aim is to foster mutual learning and varied approaches to the needs of our human and Earth communities at this critical time. We come together to vision, share concerns and offer solutions, and support each other as we move to action on behalf of our present world and the world of our great-great grandchildren.
The Intergenerational Connections team has been meeting monthly by phone to evolve our work. As individuals, we are each engaged in small mentoring meetings, 1:1 mentoring, or the exploration of working with councils of elders and young adults who will come together to begin a conversation about the deep and essential needs of our people and our world at this time.
Our intention is to learn intergenerationally from each other, exchange ideas, and support change through caring, compassion, activism, and unity among and between the generations.
Additionally, we are looking at various models for intergenerational connection that are already established. One such model is Wiser Together, a multi-generational World Cafe created to tap into collective wisdom and co-creativity. We invite people who know of other models to share them with us.
Moving forward, we continue to dialogue, brainstorm, and develop our purpose. We know that there is no right or wrong way to make intergenerational connections or start intergenerational conversations. What feels right for each of us is the path we are currently taking.
This brief quote from Chief Seattle, patriarch of the Duwamish and Suquamish Indians of Puget Sound in Washington State, could be used to guide our work:
“Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all sons of the earth.
This is what we know: The earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely strands in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.”
And anthropologist Margaret Meade said:
"Somehow, we have got to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, acquire knowledge of the past, and provide a sense of the future."
For more information about and/or to get involved with the Intergenerational Connections team, please contact Cindy Bishop.