The Revolution from Below (and the Edges)

I oft wonder why our system has been broken for so many years. And for so many years why nothing has changed—why has it worsened? And I don’t know the answers. To be honest, I couldn’t care less about the explanations for why, the reason I have entered this industry is to help rectify the situation. I’m not just talking about affordable care and access for all, I’m also including making health care personable, responsive, adaptable, innovative, enjoyable, etc. (And believe me, there is a lot of E-T-C.)

I’m sure someone, somewhere, at some time has shared the same thoughts—but the struggle continues. I can’t help but think that this time is different. That our generation’s efforts will be different. I have no business doing what I’m doing if I didn’t feel this way. I have respect for what you do and what you have built, but if it makes little sense and stands in the way of changing what we have for the better, don’t expect me to nod my head in agreement as you defend the archaic system.

Do you know what is great? How scared people are of “millennials.” Do you know why this is great? Because being scared means things are changing. If you have googled “managing millennials” you know what I am talking about.

Health care should be the most scared of any industry—its general opposition to change is in for a huge shake-up at all levels. The only thing I’m going to apologize for is the topsy-turvy future this is going to create. We would like to make (positive) change collaboratively. But we’re going to do it whether or not you’re on the bus.

Stick us at the bottom, we’ll change it from below. Marginalize us and we’ll start at the edges.

Chet Gulland guest posted at Noah Brier’s blog this week. He writes on young people graduating and the annual “entering the workforce” conversation:

Here’s the little story I’m picking up on: Millennials have reached critical mass in the workplace (front edge 27ish now), are exerting some real power and influence on business and culture, have more like-minded folks coming in behind them that amplify their perspectives, and now, according to some folks, it’s time to get defensive.

But Chet reminds us it need not be a war:

In this complex story of who this generation is and what they mean, I think the biggest (and most exciting) point is missed if we don’t look at everything through the lens of the changed digital communications DNA that they are the leaders of. The great upside to this, as Shirky points out, is that all generations benefit. The way young people operate and the tools they use spread everywhere. The new ways they are organizing themselves will spread everywhere (I’ll be surprised if the biggest, most historic story this year is not about how young people organized themselves to vote in their choice to the White House). I think this is a healthier way to look at the situation. We can be excited that we can work and collaborate with a group that brings a fresh approach to communication, among many other things.

So, together, please, together. I know I’m idealistic. But it beats being pessimistic and stagnant.

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