Thank You to the Leadership of the Future

Events of the world have been depressing for me lately! And, they have been changing so quickly that sometimes it’s been difficult to process one before something else comes up to contemplate. However, I’m starting to feel hopeful about the future and that’s because of our human future.

The young people of today (younger than Boomer age) have really stepped up in leadership for us all. In the past few days it seems the tide has turned in the social justice area in a positive way where it looks like there will be lasting systematic change. This is the hope that many of us have been waiting for.

In some ways this doesn’t surprise me but the hope has been dashed so many times many of us were going numb from disappointment. I think part of the change has to do with demographics. There are more millennials than boomers at this point which means they have power.

Because the millennials and Generation Z have done the individual and cultural internal work, it is finally showing up in the individual behaviors and the system. This is Integral Life Practice at its finest. This has been facilitated by the internet and social media. It contains a wider range of prospectives than they would locally be exposed to and for them to quickly self organize around. Yes, the shadow still exists in this realm but the light seems to prevail right now. The quote by Martin Luther King “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” comes to mind.

So thank you, to the youth of the world who have led us all in this positive direction! I can’t wait to see what you do next!

Author: Terry Collins

Foresight consultant and a lecturer and researcher at the University of Houston in the College of Technology. In the Project Management Department she teaches Leadership and Team Building to graduate students. In the Human Development and Consumer Science Department she teaches Human Ecosystems and Technological Change to undergraduates online. As a researcher she has worked in conjunction with the University of Houston Foresight Department and the Lumina Foundation on Student Needs 2025+. Led and mentored the "Emerging Fellows" blogging group for the Association of Professional Futurists. Has also mentored a group for the Women's Energy Network. Terry has given five presentations at the World Futures Society and two at the regional Project Management conference. She has appeared on “Great Day Houston” and moderated a Futures Panel at the Mensa regional conference. Terry has peer-reviewed publications in Foresight, Futures Quarterly Review, and On the Horizon She has a B.A. in Philosophy & a M.S. in Foresight

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