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Dec 19, 2016

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with our interconnectivity as a species. When researching intergenerational relationships I came across the work of Tom McBride. Tom has studies millennials for years on the crossover between classics and anthropology. Let’s just say I found the right man for the job in this “intergenerational skillset” conversation.

Our dynamic conversations weaves between building real skills between the generations in real time, and what is happening behind the scenes in our tendency to get wrapped up in our own generational bubble. If you want to uplevel your intergenerational connectivity skills - and you should because it’ll make you a smarter monkey - then listen in.

I rap with Tom McBride about Intergenerational Communication Skills

  • Older vs. Younger generation's ability to adapt to culture change
  • Cultural evolution vs. cultural regression
  • The planetary and personal costs of Alienation and estrangement between the generations

What you’ll get out of tuning in  

  • Why Millennials are more materialistically minimalist than the hyper-consumer “fix-me” boomers
  • Tom’s top 3 skills recommended for colleges to teach the millennials
  • Why you want to know how to (1) give a short presentation that stimulates an informed conversation, (2) uplevel yourlistening skills, and (3) adopt an anthropological perspective


Cate’s Intergenerational Tip Sheet

Article: The Value of Intergenerational Relationships 

The Mindset List 

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The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal 

The Great American Lay: An All Too Brief History of Sex

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Jim Knight’s Better Conversations 

Body Habits New Year’s Day Webinar + Q+A


Tom McBride, Keefer Professor of Beloit College teaches Milton, Shakespeare, and critical theory. He has team-taught a variety of interdisciplinary courses with both classicists and anthropologists.

His interests in comparative discourse have most recently led him to an extensive project on Darwinian approaches to the study of literature. With Professor Shawn Gillen, he is co-founder of the department’s new program in Rhetoric and Discourse. He has published both critical essays and creative non-fiction in journals as diverse as Texas Studies in Language and Literature, The Baker Street Journal, and Two Cities.

For four years, he was a popular commentator on language for Wisconsin Public Radio. On campus he is known for the twice-yearly Keefer Lectures on a variety of subjects. Most recently he has authored essays for on Raymond Carver and Allan Bloom, and for open on Saul Bellow. He is an editor of the Beloit College Mindset List.

Favorite Quotes

“We need to get comfortable with the weirdness of the world.” Tom McBride