[Editor’s note: With the Council’s Family Philanthropy Conference set to begin on Sunday, January 31, we asked our 21 conference bloggers to tell us a question they think family philanthropy needs to explore as the San Diego conference begins. Here’s Allison Sole’s answer. Sole is deputy director, 21/64 at The Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.]
Amidst an intergenerational wealth transfer, we find ourselves more attuned to the reality of multiple generations at the same table. As average life expectancy rises, that table of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials will soon need to make room for Generation XD—the digitally-aware offspring of Generation X who have never known life without the Internet.
How do we continue to shift our thinking from a perspective that speaks of generational gaps to one that recognizes differences as opportunities—opportunities to pool stories, values, skills and resources? Could it be that generational collaboration and respect become the new philanthropic Iingua franca?