What inspires Generation Z?
Leaders. "I believe all that talk about leadership has "gone the way of the dodo." When you think of a leader, you think about someone like Barack Obama, who looked like the one who did damn know what he was doing. You wanna feel like somebody who's got everything under control…"
Thinkers. "Lots of my friends have been crazy about Jordan Peterson, and here you've got mine darling — Noam Chomsky. I can't make out even half of what he's saying, but because of him I'm feeling there's something there… and there're ideas many times bigger than me. And this is inspiring and calming me down."
Authenticity. "You cannot create an instance. The instance is creating you. And the same way you cannot pretend that you care for something. You got to be mindful in order to change something forever."
Easy learning. "I'll tell you that simply. I like learning. I hate reading. I believe it's typical for my generation — we're not a reading generation. So podcasts are absolutely everything for me. I've learned so many things exactly from them, so I can't grasp why they aren't as esteemed by people as books are."
Ideas. "I get so scared when I'm reading on how terrible the state of our planet is now, and that glaciers are thawing, and the see level is rising, so I just need to switch from it. And when I'm reading an article, for example, "7 Simple Steps You Can Now Take to Help Planet," this charges me up with positive mood, and I start doing these things."
A majestic window into a nice world. "Everybody thinks Instagram is all about how sexy this or that user looks. But lots of us admire National Geographic, NASA, Oxfam, the National Wildlife Federation… It feels much better when you recall that genuine beauty does exist in this world."
And harshness — as well. "In reality, it's hard to reach out to people so that they hear you message, if only you don't shock them and show the harsh truth. For example, I've never thought that I eat meat, haven't thought about animals. Until I started reading/watching videos about animal farms and animal testing. Now I am a vegan and a serious animal rights activist as well."
Precise numbers and mathematics. "Every day we're bombarded with so many millions of pictures and fake news, but there's nothing more shocking and clinging to memory than statistics and numbers. Recently we've found out that there're 848 million people living with and 1.6 billion suffering from excessive weight. I will forever remember this number, and it, in the same time, is building up the context of so many global problems."
Hope. "The world looks so hopeless now. Here is so much negative, hate, violence, and chaos. I wanna get involved in that which is gonna bring about hope and the positive, make a real difference."