Praise for Connecting Generations by Hayim Herring
“Anticipating the Hard Trends that are transforming the future and empowering individuals, organizations, and communities to make wise choices is a strategic imperative. Herring focuses our attention on one Hard Trend that is driving transformational change -the unprecedented reality of having six generations of people alive at one time – and challenges us to replace unhealthy generational conflicts with enriching intergenerational connections. Read this book today!”
— Daniel Burrus, is a leading global futurist and author of seven books, including most recently, The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Change and Disruption into Opportunity and Advantage
“Rabbi Herring’s book is a work of imaginative empathy and a hand of friendship extended across the generations.”
— Anya Kamenetz, author, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance
“Most people only have friends their own age. Hayim Herring is passionate about changing that. He shows the value of connections between people of all ages, shares examples of how he has established those connections in his own life, and gives solid advice on creating your own intergenerational community.”
— Claire Raines, Co-Author, Generations at Work
“At a time in history rife with rapid technological, demographic, and political change, Connecting Generations provides the reader a timely and valuable set of principles and strategies to help individuals, families, and communities connect in meaningful ways. As a Gen X mother with Millennial and Gen Z kids, and parents of the Silent Generation, I can attest firsthand to the challenges of bridging generational divides. Is ‘friend’ a noun or a verb? Don’t only birds tweet? Isn’t swiping mainly done in anger?! This book helped me not only to contemplate the importance of meaningful connections, but provided my family a roadmap for strengthening them.”
— Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., L.P., Lindahl Leadership Professor, Dept. of Family Social Science & Institute of Child Development, & Director, Institute of Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health, University of Minnesota, & Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Psychology
“Connecting Generations” not only identifies and analyzes the current phenomenon of loneliness, social isolation and polarization, but it encourages the reader to become more empathetic and to pursue a variety of measures that can help shape a more vibrant reality for the individual, community and society at large. Hayim Herring presents us with a compelling argument for transformation and social change.”
— Rabbi Meir Schweiger, Pardes Institute Of Jewish Studies, Senior Faculty, Director Of Religious Life, Fellows Program, Executive Learning Seminar
Social isolation, loneliness, and suicide are conditions we associate with the elderly. But these issues have sharply increased across younger generations. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and post-Millennials all report a declining number of friends and an increasing number of health issues associated with loneliness.
Even more concerning, it appears that the younger the generation, the greater the feelings of disconnection. Regardless of age, it feels as though we are all living through a period of ongoing disequilibrium:
- We’re not able to adapt quickly enough to the social and technological changes swirling around us.
- These changes have isolated individuals from their own peers and contributed to creating an age-segregated society.
- We need fulfilling relationships with people our own age and across the generations to lead lives that are rich in meaning and purpose.
Even in those rare communities where young and old live near each other, they lack organic settings that encourage intergenerational relationships. Generational diversity is our best tool for navigating the changes that affect so many aspects of our lives – whether it’s at work, in our neighborhoods, or in our families.
But we can relearn how much members of different generations have to offer each other. There’s still time to recreate intergenerational communities for the 21st century where young, old and everyone in-between is equally valued for their perspectives and where each generation views itself as having a stake in the other’s success. Hayim Herring focuses more deeply on how Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials perceive one another and looks underneath the generational labels that compound isolation.
Because algorithms and digital assistants increasingly make choices for us, we’ve developed “social in-app-titude™,” meaning that we’re adept in using apps designed to connect us but inept at developing deep relationships. That’s why Connecting Generations also:
- Offers ideas for replacing generational conflict at work with productive, respectful relationships.
- Provides resources for family members of different generations to prepare for challenging life transitions; issues range from how Boomer children can discuss with elderly parents concerns about driving and living independently, to Gen X and Millennial adults’ expectations of support from their Boomer parents. Anticipate and prepare for these kinds of conversations before a negative trigger event forces them upon families when they are least ready.
- Offers community leaders at the local level practical frameworks, tools, and examples for creating more intergenerational neighborhoods in which ongoing interactions and relationships between young and old is the norm.