The We Generation

Have you noticed Hollywood’s recent movies about wise, older types who mentor younger people in need of guidance? Think of Sylvester Stallone in “Creed” or Harrison Ford in “The Force Awakens,” or Robert DeNiro as “The Intern.”

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of, says it’s a case of “art imitating life.” He points to his own organization, which places older, experienced folks (mostly baby boomers retired from their primary careers) in non-profits who then “provide a healthy dose of mentoring to younger leaders.”

Freedman’s article reminds me of one I wrote in the 90s in response to the Billy Chrystal movie “City Slickers.” I called them do-over movies, which is what baby boomers aspired to do in midlife.

Only then it was more of a personal thing, and now it seems to be about making the world a better place.

Looks like the Me Generation is becoming the We Generation.

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