A Millennial Dreamy Dinner and a Movie

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guelphI have been spending the last four weeks touring our latest film, the Millennial Dream. We have had incredible turnouts to the screenings, and the real magic happens with the conversations that happen after the film plays. The film examines the values that are replacing the American Dream. Values that we believe need to be honoured and supported if we want our communities to be sustainable in what we call the ‘New Economy’. We wanted to produce this film as a response to the youth out-migration regions like New Brunswick experience in an age where we so desperately need population increases. The film was produced with a more global context, but the themes are so relevant for local communities around the world who are dealing with brain drain and relevancy.

Our website, www.MillennialDream.com explains in more detail the spirit of this project.

The American Dream Is the cultural motif that has inspired North America for the last century. Work hard, save, sacrifice and you will get ahead. America offers the freedom of upward mobility. But over the last decade the American Dream has been called into question. For many, it no longer seems to be working. The Millennial Dream is a feature length documentary that explores the values that may replace the cultural motif known as The American Dream.

As the Millennial generation becomes the most significant portion of the work force what will change about what we want from our jobs, what education will look like, what kinds of companies will succeed in the new economy and what kinds of living communities will be desired? And what can cities and regions do to attract the new economy? Interviews with experts such as Seth Godin and the personal reflections of young workers will stir debate and dialogue around what might emerge as the Millennial Dream.

This week a community of B Corp businesses invited me to Guelph, Ontario to screen the film at a ‘Dinner and a Movie’ night at a fellow B Corp restaurant; the Borealis Grille and Bar. The evening was a sell out, and the conversations were so thoughtful, inspiring and solutions based. The people of Guelph care for their community with the same server and sense of urgency that we do here in New Brunswick. This proves to me that we are not alone with our struggles in New Brunswick. So many communities are trying to find their place, their relevance as we enter a new economic landscape. What can we do as a community to become an importer of talent and not an exporter? What values do we already support that are in line with the new economy that we can build on? This tour is helping me find some answers to these questions. Next stop…Moscow, Idaho!

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