Event Recording: Music Across Generations

Event Recording: Music Across Generations

Music can bring generations together for connection and collaboration, inspiration and celebration. Join us as we explore the power of cogeneration by learning more about an intergenerational orchestra, big band, and choir. This hour-long event features the Heart of...

The Best 13 Minutes You’ll Spend This Week

The Best 13 Minutes You’ll Spend This Week

Just after the Oscars, I wrote about The Last Repair Shop, the 2024 Academy Award-winning documentary about four older people who repair the 80,000 free musical instruments used by public school students in Los Angeles. It’s a beautiful film about a vital...

The Impact of Intergenerational Service

The Impact of Intergenerational Service

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCElJjBO8Zo National service in this country is predominantly age-segregated. AmeriCorps largely enrolls young adults, while AmeriCorps Seniors exclusively recruits older ones. As a result, we’re missing big opportunities to pair the...

Check Out Our Signature Event On Cogenerational Activism!

Here are some highlights from the 2023 Innovation Showcase

By Janet Oh | May 30, 2023

On May 22, more than 1,100 people registered to learn more about the important cogenerational work our 2023 Innovation Fellows are doing. These 15 leaders are bringing generations together to solve problems and bridge divides. And each one has a unique and inspiring approach. 

We kicked things off with Joseph Lam of Parents Are Human, who got the chat buzzing as attendees responded to one of his conversation cards asking them to recall a favorite childhood food. 

Then we dove into group conversations, where two to four Fellows came together to discuss their intergenerational approaches to early childhood education, making activism and leadership sustainable for people of color, strengthening the connective tissue within local communities, improving mental health, getting more young people to vote, and using storytelling to increase engagement in climate change interventions. 

We wrapped things up with a spoken word poem by Jon Adam Ross of the In[HEIR]itance Project, who pulled together key themes that surfaced during the event and left us with a sense of appreciation and awe. 

If you missed the Innovation Showcase and want to watch the full event, we’ve got you covered. Click the play button below and you can stream an edited version.

With so much division and disagreement in our country, bringing generations together to solve problems and bridge divides has never been more important. But doing this work is difficult. 

If you attended the event or watched the recording and are left feeling inspired to reach out to any of the Fellows – to offer ideas, connections that may be beneficial, offers to volunteer or make a donation – please do! You can find each one of their email addresses here. Just scroll down to the “Meet our fellows” section. 

A big thank you to all the Fellows who made the event such a success. And to my co-host, Harriette Cole, who brings incredible warmth and power to everything she does. 

I’ll leave you with some quotes from the Showcase, and I hope to see you at our next virtual event!