Wednesday 6 July 2022

Boomers, snowflakes and avocado on toast

Are generational stereotypes harming our futures?

Connecting Generations Thought Leader Talk | Professor Bobby Duffy, King’s College London

Are Baby Boomers stealing their children’s futures? Are Millennials really entitled ‘snowflakes’? Are Generation X the saddest generation? Will Generation Z fix the climate crisis? Are any of these labels and assigned characteristics helpful? Or are they damaging our ability to bring generations together to solve the most divisive issues raging today: from culture wars to climate change, and mental health to housing?

In his latest book ‘Generations – Does when you’re born shape who you are?’ published in September 2021, Professor Bobby Duffy challenges myths and stereotypes around generational trends, seeking a greater understanding around generational challenges.

As part of the Connecting Generations series of Thought Leader Talks, the Resolution Foundation is hosting an event with Professor Duffy as he takes us through whether when we’re born determines our attitudes to money, sex, religion, politics and much else, and how many of our preconceptions are just that: tired stereotypes.

He will be joined by Professor Jane Falkingham, Director of the ESRC Connecting Generations Centre, and the session will be chaired by the Rt. Hon. Lord David Willetts, President of the Resolution Foundation. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in our live audience Q&A.

The event will be open for people to attend physically, alongside being broadcast via YouTube and the Resolution Foundation website. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event via Slido.