We are the most connected generation in history, thanks to the ever-increasing proliferation of information technology and social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and email. Yet despite the ease with which we can communicate with individuals anywhere in the world, at any given time, on any given topic, we often tend to follow blogs or figures on Twitter whose opinions we already agree with. As a result, we risk becoming more disconnected, more siloed in our thinking and worldviews.
As a generation that predominately grew up in the wake of 9/11, we all have a story about where we were and how we were affected by the events that day. In the decade since, we have set out to accomplish great acts of service, all over the country and around the world; to be a part of something greater than ourselves, whether as a result of 9/11 or a more indirect call to serve in some capacity. But we remain fragmented in our understanding of peers who have pursued different paths of service. This disconnect is perhaps most evident among civilian and military populations but exists between a variety of different groups. Stereotypes and preconceived notions exist naturally toward people and groups about whom we know very little, but we all have a story to tell, and we are losing out on a critical opportunity to connect with one another and find common ground.
With the acknowledgment that true understanding will never fully be transferred to those who have not experienced the same events, it is our great hope that in sharing these stories – by individuals with whom you would likely not otherwise interact – that preconceived notions about who serves and the meaning of service, will be challenged, and perspectives toward our peers will be enriched.
The Service Project aims to launch a national dialogue among all members of the millennial generation – from the soldier, to the Peace Corps volunteer, to the college student who has never met someone in uniform – surrounding the notion of service, and the myriad ways in which the post-9/11 decade has shaped our generation and inspired service of all kinds.
The Service Projects intends to launch a national dialogue among all members of the millennial generation surrounding the notion of service, and the myriad ways in which the post-9/11 decade has shaped our generation and inspired service of all kinds. We aim to achieve these goals in an effort to:
- Create a platform surrounding the Millennial generation’s spirit of service, from which to launch a national dialogue among those who otherwise would not interact
- To capture the oral history of this generation’s post-9/11 life; how we as a generation have spent the past decade; all the various ways we have served/are serving
- To change preconceived notions and reverse existing apathy; to shed light onto the experiences and individuality of people who otherwise are stereotyped