Municipal Equation Podcast: Banning the #MWord

Posted on January 23, 2018

Our friends at the Municipal Equation tackle one of our pet peeves — the constant stereotyping of millennials by many in local government. ELGL proudly banned the #mword in 2016.

Here’s the 4-1-1 on episode:

Kirsten Wyatt, ELGL Co-Founder and Ian Baltutis, City of Burlington, NC talk generational stereotypes, problems created when we pigeonhole (uh oh) “#millennials.”

Is government wrong in the way it attempts to reach out to young people? Does it work against its own interest when it tries to “have a talk” or come to terms with millennials? Is “millennials” maybe a bad or condescending word? Increasingly, people are saying yes to all three, and that it’s high time we overhaul the conversation. On this episode we talk with observers including a generations expert, a national-level local government group and a “millennial mayor” to explore what we can do differently than generically label 20- to 30-year-olds as a disengaged enigma more interested in wasting money on ukeleles than saving up for homes and retirement.

You can learn more about the Municipal Equation podcast from our GovLove interview with Ben Brown, host of the Municipal Equation.

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