What ‘problems’ are millennials trying to solve?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

31 March, 2017

Dear Editor:

In John McCrone’s article on the ‘millennial mind’ (26 March) Sylvia Nissen says millennials’ ability to analyse life and break down problems into small achievable goals is highly sophisticated. But what are the ‘problems’ they are addressing?  Finding the right questions is fundamental and is about world views not about looking for constituent parts.  ‘Solutions’ can only have applicability when associated with the search for the right questions within a world view.

Bronwyn Hayward illustrates this when she says “never has a generation felt so empowered yet so precarious.” This is much because the education of the millennials has been organized to encourage entrepreneurial problem solving within the consumerist market economy world view, yet it is this very consumerism which is posing the greatest threat.


Richard Keller



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