Today changemakers are no longer limited to individuals behind plush glass doors, under ornate ceilings or speakers before a room filled with mere key members. The makeshift in technology has led to the world becoming a smaller place and the decision makers a larger community. Confused? Read on to know the millennials’ guide to globalization.
Let’s address first things first, “The Millennial.” While there is no accurate definition of who forms this group, it is safe to say that anyone who has reached or is reaching adulthood in the 21st century is a millennial, someone typically born in the period of 1980s-2000. This group is powered by a bunch of individuals who believe in making a change “Their Way.”
Behind these voracious users of social media, lingos and some unconventional ideas are creators of change. How does the Generation Y intend to bring a change towards building a healthier and resourceful environment of Globalization?
Western Union, a veteran leader in global payment services with a presence in over 200 countries decided to find out through an interesting survey called “Globalization: A World View of the Future.” Several native, first-generation, and foreign-born people between the ages of 20-36 years across 15 countries participated in this survey.
Thanks to the Indi Blogger and Western Union team I had an opportunity to learn about this survey’s findings and interact with some millennial influencers to join the #WUMillennial conversation.
Did you know?
34% of India’s population and 27% of world’s population (Around 2 billion people) comprises of millennials. They’re likely to make up for three-quarters of the global workforce by 2025 making them one of the most signification group of future leaders and game changers.
Globalization: A World View of the Future led by Western Union
After closely interacting with millennials, the team at Western Union found that there’s a growing quench for globalization among them. A uniform notion that stood out is, “Let’s Collaborate, Not Compete.” Instead of seeing themselves as citizens of a city or nation, most millennials today see themselves as citizens of the globe and feel responsible for growing together. The Indian millennials echo these sentiments too and have expressed the desire to play a role in shaping the future using technology.
Before you and I dive further into the conversation, sharing some interesting key highlights from this study of over 10,000 millennials.
-More than eight in 10 millennials believe a future with limitless movement around the world is empowering.
-Nine out of 10 Indian millennials want to have a direct say on matters of global and national significance and they believe technology enables their voice to be heard more easily.
-Majority of global and Indian millennials believe that social media has played a critical role in uniting the world, sharing information promoting transparency, fostering debate on global issues and contributing to greater community togetherness.
Western Union-Millennial Round Table In Mumbai
In order to reflect upon the survey’s findings and gathering further insight from the maximum city, Western Union hosted a millennial roundtable in Mumbai wherein representatives of the media, millennial influencers, and consumers came together to share their thoughts and ideas towards building a world without borders in order to create more opportunities and a better future.
Kick-starting the morning in high spirits, Ankit Vengurlekar, Editor of Technology at Tech2 or Gadgetwala and moderator for this roundtable introduced the esteemed panel consisting of Sohini Rajola, Regional VP South Asia and Indo-China, Western Union, Pooja Dhingra, Founder and Chef, Le 15 Patisserie, Karishma Mehta, Founder, Humans of Bombay, Himanshu Sehgal, Founder and Blogger, My Yellow Plate and Siddarth Shahani, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Indian School of Design & Innovation.
Initiating dialogue, Sohini Rajola shared the need to study millennials. She further added that many millennials today believe that shaping the future is in their hands rather than just institutions. There’s also an existence of awareness and sensitivity towards social issues, and they’re using their voices to solve these issues and help the global climate.
A testimonial of this example is Karishma Mehta, Founder, Humans of Bombay, which is one of the biggest social media communities telling tales of people from the city and in the true sense of the word is a people’s place online. Using her platform’s reach of 1 million users, Karishma shared how she managed to crowdfund 6.5 lakhs in merely a day’s time for an organization called Kranti, which helps the daughters of sex workers in Mumbai. Since then there has many no looking back and stories of helping a meritorious student to go to NYU or assisting medical bills via crowdfunding have followed.
While on one hand social responsibilities have been supported, businesses and ideas too have flourished with the power of technology. Pooja Dhingra, Founder and Chef, Le 15 Patisserie, I fondly call her the one who brought the “Big Macaroon” to India shared her inspiring journey of baking to success. She shed light on how with little or no marketing but simply sharing bits on social media helped Le 15 grow its fans, not to forget the popular Pink Latte that has its patrons from all over the country.
Himanshu Sehgal, Founder, and Blogger, My Yellow Plate spoke of his trails with food on his Yellow Plate and how embracing social media helped his work reach a larger audience and in turn allowed him to support other causes.
Siddarth Shahani, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Indian School Of Design & Innovation highlighted how having interacted with many millennials on a day-to-day basis have indicated their drive for a bigger purpose towards not just achieving their individual goals but creating sustainable solutions for everyone.
The round-table in Mumbai strongly supported the fact that the millennials or future leaders may not always believe in traditional methods of leadership or organization, but they’re definitely aware and active towards achieving a world free of borders and united by ideas.
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