Agents of Change: 13 the new age of responsibility

Read a great post by @Camila_Ibrahim  from Edelman Digital in NYC called ‘Tweeting with Purpose’. She was recently at Ted X Teen and heard some amazing 13-17yr old speakers talk about how they were using the digital space for public diplomacy and disruptive innovaiton via social media.

I blogged early last year about a key dimension of Generation C, being about CHANGE, or youth being ‘Agents of Change’, especially in troubled parts of the world. In 2009 we saw the youth of Iran rise up over the government using skyepe & other social platforms. Young people today are experts at mobilising their friends quickly and driving action.

 More recently, as Camila can attest, Egyptian youth used social platforms to organise rallies, share new ideology and the like.

The Age of responsibility for youth is no longer drinking age or when you get your license at 16, it’s now age 13. The age when you can sign up for Twitter.

 According to a recent World Vision study, 50% of Gen Y are becoming more cause oriented via social channels. This stat makes perfect sense as now it’s so easy for these teens and 20 something to have a voice. The study also suggested  teen girls we more likely to ‘like’, ‘follow’ or ‘friend’ a charitable cause over teen boys (41% vs 27% respectively)

As Camila’s post suggests, this new community of ‘change agents’ as I like to call them is being led by 13yr olds like  @ConnorBrantley who set up United Now, a movement aimed at ending partisanship in government. He sums it up perfectly:

We shape the world, step by step, post by post, tweet by tweet

One thought on “Agents of Change: 13 the new age of responsibility

  1. HI Dan,

    Thanks for your thoughts and reflecting on my post.

    GenC, or Generation Change is certainly a nice way to describe it. (The theme title of TEDxTEEN was actually: “The Age of How… Age Old Problems. New Age Thinking. Age-nts of Change!”)

    The concern about cyber safety and information privacy in recent years has unfortunately created a culture of over-protectiveness and anxiety when it comes to youth and the internet (in Aus. and the US, through my observations). Online predators, bullies and hackers are of course perennial threats… but if the new age of responsibility is 13, we need to credit youth with being intelligent enough to navigate the web sensibly and to analyze and deconstruct content. Adults have so much to learn from youth… and often their input is more savvy and efficacious than our own.

    Camilla

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