This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

I was thrilled when I heard about the new book, Why Aren’t We Doing This! Collaborating with Minors in Major Ways, written by Denise Webb, age 20, and Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, age 73, (both pictured above) and published by Youth Infusion, a clearinghouse co-founded by...

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Sunday’s show featured three big moments reminding us that music can be a bridge not only across race, culture, and genre, but also age. Tracy Chapman & Luke Combs. Much attention, rightfully, has gone to the duet between Tracy Chapman, who turns 60 next month,...

A New Chapter for the Encore Fellowships Program

A New Chapter for the Encore Fellowships Program

We’re excited to share the news that the Encore Fellowships program has moved to The Fedcap Group, a new home with the capacity, networks and drive to help the groundbreaking program expand dramatically.  Got questions? We’ve got answers. What’s The Fedcap Group? The...

Overheard on Text: Communicating to Build Trust

Overheard on Text: Communicating to Build Trust

As colleagues from different generations (x/millennial), we’ve been leading talks and workshops sharing our insights about working across generations – what we call “cogeneration.” As we plan, we’re usually texting furiously, sharing ideas and reflections. So we...

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!