Millennials are one of the largest generations to date. 77 million strong, they make up a quarter of the US population. With members spanning from adolescents to young adults, they will have a significant impact on the future of our country and of our planet. To meet some of the world’s biggest challenges, they will have to utilize their diversity, youth, and technological capabilities to enact change. Continue reading Sharing vs. Caring: How Millennial Smartphone Addiction Can Better Serve Society
Millennials have been “blessed” with being born into a generation that has technology and convenience at their fingertips. We do not have to leave a day at the end of finishing our papers, so that we can make sure we have enough time to type our final version out on a type writer. We have the gift of information at our fingertips. Wherever we are we are able to pull out our smartphones and google something. Our generation also has the luxury of communicating through text messages, emails, group messaging applications and many other newer mediums.
When we think about things we can do to make the world a better place, there are a limitless amount of things we can do to make a difference. A warm hello to a stranger, giving money to those in need, allowing cars to merge onto traffic, posting a positive note… these are all random acts of kindness. As we tap into our humanness more, I think small acts of kindness can go a long way in making the world a better place for everyone to live in. Think back to a time when someone did something unexpected for you and it brightened up your day. Small acts of kindness can help foster a society of better and happy people. I believe that if more people performed a small act of kindness it can cause a ripple effect the person who received an act of kindness will be a nice person for the rest of the day and they will treat people around them with more kindness than usual. Continue reading Small acts transform the world.
“We don’t hire people to bake brownies; we bake brownies to hire people.” –Greyston
She is left Haiti as a child at the age of 11 and became a homeless teenage mother at 14. Her pregnancy influenced her to leave school and not pursue any further education. She applied for employment, but unfortunately was turned away and told to keep in touch. She was persistent and got in touch daily, which landed her a one-week opportunity. Now, Dieulane Philogene works in accounting at Greyston Bakery with a stable home for herself and two children. She took ownership in paving her own path.
In our society finding employment is difficult enough alone, but even more difficult for those who have little to no work experience and histories of homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, and/or illiteracy. The media frequently portrays people, like Dieulane Philogene, who have these past histories as lazy, dependent, alcoholics and drug abusers. Continue reading Bakers on a Mission: Greyston Bakery
Last week, I took a close look at HBO. Although I did ask the question of responsibility over content, I find HBO’s strategies in the quickly changing world of television to be much more interesting subjects of discussion. With the most recent changes to the world of television, HBO has partnered with Apple to launch its own streaming service called HBO NOW. The goal is to allow those without cable services to access HBO’s content, but the affects on Time Warner’s other networks remains to be seen, as it is unknown how many consumers will drop their cable subscriptions to make a complete shift to streaming. But is HBO NOW only about competing with streaming services or is it another way to incentivize consumers to buy content over piracy?