Author Archives: Ana-Gabriela Popa
28 November 2017 - 11:06 am Millennials are killing social enterprise… Oh, wait…
Dear reader, you might be familiar with the classification of generations, or, at least, you might vaguely be aware of the existence of a Generation X, called the Baby Boomers, and their children, Generation Y or the Millennials – those born between the 1980s and the 2000s. We’re closely going into Generation Z – the post Millennials. But, since these latter ones are still in schools, and Generation Y is not yet obsolete, we are going to focus in this blog on the Millennials and the intriguing aspect of their ‘killings’.
Millennials have been accused in too many articles of killing something, being art, brunch, the career ladder, restaurant chains, politics, beer, food etc. They have also been accused of being too self centred, too lazy, too privileged with their avocados and Eggs Benedict . Too technology focused, too entitled, too DIFFERENT. And truth to be told, we are different. But the question is: different compared to what?
Most parents and children who have conflicting opinions blame them on something called the generation gap. A difference between generations. Children believe their parents to be narrow minded and obsolete. Parents believe their children to be rebels and disrespectful to authority and experience. Who is right? All generations create their set of norms that they respect, all generations should have the freedom to enact on their adopted norms. These norms are susceptible to change with a new generation. Change is positive for society! But older generations might not want to accept these changes. Conflict is created. Judgement is created. Accusations are created.
30 January 2017 - 3:57 pm The role of perseverance in Leadership
My Campaign Manager, Jas, had an extraordinary patience with me. She’d film over and over again my campaign video until she felt it seemed right. She had faith in me, as she had faith in the previous International Officer that she campaigned for, and she was right, because I won. Winning was the result of perseverance and the beginning of a journey of perseverance and this is what I am going to talk about. I will jump over my personal experience of running as I have already written something on it in another USE blog . Thus, I will delve directly into the world of Students’ Union Leadership.
26 May 2016 - 3:08 pm When you’re tired of FAMOUS failures
We have all Google-d at some point “famous failures”. We have all craved to see that reassuring video that tells us: success is not the exquisite privilege of a tiny fraction of the world’s population, famous people around the world have failed and have failed, probably, bigger than us – the ordinary. And that makes us happy and complacent in our tiny lives – the simple reassuring, once-in-a-while-to-be-seen video which says: no matter how much stuff life throws at you, it is all rainbows and butterflies compared with what they lived. That makes us cope with the lives we live.
25 April 2016 - 1:11 pm The Social Entrepreneur – it’s a change of lifestyle, not of status
After delving a bit into the concept of social entrepreneurship, I have learned one mesmerising fact: it makes the world bigger and smaller at the same time.
12 April 2016 - 3:46 pm Cool To Be Clever
You know it’s cool to be clever when even the top definition on urban dictionary describes clever as “witty, intelligent, the opposite of dumb” and the entry is made by “Sweet Jesus”. You got to believe “Sweet Jesus” – it is cool to be clever.
20 January 2016 - 11:53 am Like a Virgin
I don’t know what you were thinking when you were reading the title, but, hopefully, the first image that came to your mind was Richard Branson’s book: “Like a Virgin – Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School”.
30 November 2015 - 3:55 pm Beyond Taste of Work and what it really means to be an intern at USE
Don’t get me wrong – Taste of Work is a great opportunity. Having a short insight in someone’s job can be quite decisive in making you go for it or not. But organised job shadowing cannot be compared with the incredible, unexpected work you can experience as an intern at USE. Just think of it – can you compare writing a blog post at 4pm at the reception with writing a blog post at 4am, whilst you help out with the 24 h Social Storm event?
13 October 2015 - 9:15 am How we lower our expectations on first-times
Everything that has to do with life and experience entails starting and ending coordinates. First day at school/high-school/university, first time to join a society, first time to eat tacos, first football match, first date, first riding-a-bicycle lesson, first step on a foreign soil, first business coaching session, first attempt to strike at bowling. And every first time tends to be witnessed and experienced with consciously lowered expectations.