Tweet(s) of the Day: The Big Demographics Catch-Up

Attention GOP: You cannot win elections this way. You cannot govern this way. And it certainly is no way to make friends.

Gender, sexuality, and race all trend in less fixed categories with Millennials. But, I guess my question is…in what ways is this an inherent good and in what ways is it problematic?

Social issues? Decidedly moving in a leftward direction.

And another good look at faith among Millennials from my friends over at 12th & Broad:

Another good query about the values of Millennials from my lovely friend Meagan N. Rhodes:

So lets sum up:

Millennials care less for categories and labels, but have not abandoned tradition. They are less likely to “join,” whether that be political parties, churches or arts organizations. They are more liberal about social issues and have voted overwhelmingly Democratic (when they vote) for the last three election cycles.

Questions for the GOP, organized religion, nonprofits and businesses…how to engage this generation? How do you move them off the sidelines into the game?

I used to tell my students (when I taught at colleges) that cynicism is the default position of too many people. No one wants to be too idealistic or foolish. It is fashionable to stand back and snicker at those who are doing. And if you do anything…you will, at some point, look ridiculous–whether in relationships or activities or professional growth. Many Millennials I know are hesitant to get too far into the water (no matter the water source) and much prefer the old stick-a-toe-in method. You can only do this so long though; eventually, you have to dunk or dive in to get over the coldness. Too many organizations are not doing what they need to do to encourage full-on cannonballs. Is yours?

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About Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Loosely connected facts: Storyteller. Curator of a Better Internet. Lifelong Politico. Social Media Maven. Creativity and Empathy Evangelist. Performer. Creator of Content Worth Sharing. Digital Strategist. Former Social Worker. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 darling kiddos. Preacher's kid. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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