Elder millennial is a cool term, don’t you think?

When I read it I think of Gandalf or some other wise wizard-type figure who can help people along their quest…

And, it’s not that far off really!

As someone who grew up with an analogue childhood, a fledgeling internet-infused adolescence, and an early career embroiled in the digital transformation of the economy, I can see the best (and worst) of both worlds. 

We are moving into a new iteration of the digital economy with the advent of AI, and I feel its worth highlighting the best bits of both worlds so we can be intentional about what we do going forward. 

  1. Analogue childhoods have now been proven to create less anxiety in teenagers and young people. 

Yes use tech with your children and young people, but be mindful of the impact it has on their development. Many studies prove this. If your children are in the midst of this, then building real-life resilience with pursuits like sports, the arts and uplifting hobbies and activities away from screens is essential. 

  1. Meaningful connections can be built with people online. 

Again, the big social experiment of 2020 (Vid-19) has proven that people can build, sustain and have meaningful relationships derived from purely virtual meetings. However, part of being successful in this is having previously development the very necessary and human skills of being authentic, building trust and creating connections. These are skills that will only increase in value with the AI- Bots rising, so they’re still skills worth developing. 

  1. Digital is no longer a ‘distinct’ part of a business, but rather an integrated part of what you do. 

Being a leader who can use the value of their people, combined with the power of the digital tools and processes available, is what’s going to give you a competitive advantage. Those who stay ahead will be those who can learn and adapt as technology changes. 

As a side note, we’re living in the most documented time in human history. We can view and reflect on the recent past instantly and frequently. This perception of the past can bring about the ‘rose tinted’ glasses, and we can forget that times like the early 90’s had many problems.

What’s clear though is that great humans doing good things will always be on trend!

Let’s invest in that as we move forward into an increasingly digital age.

If you want some help with combining the power of your people and the innovation of your technology, then reach out to me and my team at Slate Digital: hello@slatedigital.co.uk