Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Generation WE

Sorry for the lack of posts recently... I've been stuck in the biomedical engineering land of never ending lab reports and exams.

Anyway, I saw this great video that I think captures a lot of the optimism that I see amongst my peers. The reality is that my generation will have to deal with some pretty big problems: religious radicalism, a tanking economy, and global disparities in health. But, my generation realizes that if we can find innovative ways of working together, we really can begin to tackle them. I think that the success and expansion of GlobeMed at college campuses across the US is a testament to the drive that young people feel to think deeply about these big problems and to build a better world.

The theme of the week:

YES WE CAN.

2 comments:

lpolepeddi said...

hi jon,

thanks for the post. i agree that our generation is inspired to alleviate inequity. i think novel tools, like technology, enable us to accomplish this goal more than ever. but i don't think tools alone can build a better world unless they are applied.
for instance, the generations before us probably thought about these big problems too and tried to find innovative ways of working together. but inequity still exists today and perhaps to a greater degree than previously. did the previous generations go wrong somewhere? if so, how do we learn from these mistakes so we don't repeat them in our adventures in health?

-Lalith

jshaffer said...

Hey Lalith,

Thanks for the response! I think that the biggest reasons that past generations have failed to drastically reduce inequity are 1) the cumulative global wealth was still relatively low and 2) many of the tools that we take for granted today did not yet exist.

For the first time, we have enough cumulative global wealth to seriously begin tackling the big problems such as global health. As you mentioned, these resources are not enough unless they are used effectively. Luckily, the tech boom has produced communication and collaboration tools that will hopefully allow us to effectively use these resources.

It will be one of the greatest challenges of our generation. But, I think that for the first time in history, our generation will be able to seriously attack issues relating to global inequity.