Facebook: More Tales of Chicken Soup for the Social Soul

More evidence of chicken soup for the social , and I’d have to add spiritual, soul.  This message was posted today by by Nitin Naresh of the Global Concern Foundation.  On April 13, it was his birthday.  He lives in New Delhi, India. He wrote:

I really feel out of this world today, I never knew that I am so lucky to have such wonderful well wishers and friends who love me so much.

I got more than 987 messages for my birthday wishes today from all my group members & Friends.

I Today feel one of the richest person of this world, even richer than Bill Gates to have such lovely and dear friends and well wishers around me.

with warm regards

Nitin Naresh

I met Nitin, if the word “met” even applies, on Facebook.    I quote him a lot, repost his ideas.   He’s smart, and he’s obviously a good guy–a philanthropist and activist in his early twenties.   Many of his generation–the Millennials–are like that.    Historians who study “turnings”–generational swaths of time–look for patterns that repeat themselves with each new cohort.  Many compare Millennials with the civic-minded G.I. Generation, today’s great-grandparents.   But the G. I. generation didn’t have the Internet, and its members didn’t perceive themselves to be citizens of the world.  Nitin lives in New Delhi, but he can “converse” with anyone anywhere.  I’m not surprised that he was flooded with good wishes.  He gives. What goes around comes around.

The Millennials are inheriting a tough world.  People like Nitin are rising to meet the challenge.   They don’t need a book about consequential strangers.  They talk to anyone and everyone and realize that every conversation counts.   They believe in sharing.  It gives me hope.

Thank You, Under 30’s

Inc. magazine online is asking readers to chose their favorite from their “30 under 30” honorees whom the editors describe as “America’s coolest young entrepreneurs.”   A teaser to the article, “For Young Entrepreneurs, Safety in Numbers,” which describes the willingness of this new generation of business leaders to look beyond the walls of a traditional company, says it all:

Despite the economic gloom and doom, the honorees on this year’s 30 Under 30 list are building wildly successful ventures with the help of their peers, parents, professors, and patrons.   Why enlisting these loyal tribes of support has become so important in the start-up world — and how the smartest companies foster that same loyalty among their customers.”

The honorees are the vanguard of the Millennial Generation (those born between 1982 and 2005), and as you can read in this excerpt from Chapter 7, they were born to connect.  They intuitively know the importance of consequential strangers, and they can teach the rest of us a thing or two about collaboration and connecting across traditional boundaries.  My vote went to Pete Cashmore, the 23-year-old founder of the website Mashable.com–which provides one-stop shopping for advice about using social media, as an individual, a business, or to promote a cause.   Last year when this old dog set out to learn some new tricks, fortunately someone recommended the site, which has been an invaluable resource, praised by experts as well as newbies like me.   I didn’t know most of the honorees, but reading about them gave me hope!