“I’m not a millennial. Why should CD16 matter to me?”
You might have more in common with millennials than you think. The issues that matter to them affect us all, like job security, immigration, healthcare, terrorism, and civil rights. In a globalized world, problems like these are complex and require equally sophisticated solutions. We need to engage in conversations with people of all ages and backgrounds whose ideas are different than ours and who see the problems from different perspectives.
In this way, civic discourse doesn’t just happen in the public arena. It can happen at our own kitchen tables. Julie Winokur, Executive Director of Talking Eyes Media, created the viral video project Bring It to the Table for this very reason. “My 17-year-old son told me that I was the most intolerant person he’s ever met,” says Julie.
It was a lightbulb moment for her, and her project is now integrated into CD16. “I had this crazy idea that if I could just invite people to sit down and talk politics – and actually listen to what they had to say – then that could be the beginning of breaking out of that mold. If I’m not listening to other people, then I’m part of the problem, not part of the solution…This is about conversation. It’s about you and me and all of us actually participating.”