Drivers of change in 2019
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Gen Z are the first generation of true digital natives – the oldest among them were just 12 when the iPhone was launched.
They’ve spent their entire lives online, and as a result, have been more intimately exposed to the failings of the powers-that- be to tackle world issues than any generation preceding them: from political scandals, to #MeToo to climate change; all have contributed to a breakdown in trust towards traditional political and civic institutions that has shaken many people’s sense of structure and place. Authority isn’t in crisis, but it’s being questioned, reshaped and reformed.
Gen Z have also grown up more empowered by media and technology than any other generation; their connectedness has allowed them to critique, debate, and question power, and to organise online to share ideas and solutions.