Ok, folks, I think it’s time to actually have a serious Winnipeg Forum on Generation Screwed. After writing numerous posts on my blog in the past two and a half months, and having numerous social media and face to face discussions, there is not a better time than now to have a heart-felt debate with a Winnipeg forum.
When you have university graduates struggling to find work, or in jobs miss-matched with their skill set, you have a problem here.
When you have students with crushing debt, you have a problem here.
When you know that analysts prescription of just going to school and getting further education in order to combat manufacturing job that have gone to lower wage countries like China, thanks to globalization is not working at all, you know you have a problem.
When you start to think that higher unemployment in the mid 1980’s sounded pretty darn good now because the jobs back thirty years ago when adjusted for inflation paid much better, you have a problem here.
When you have a generation that is going to have to pay for the financial burden of the baby-boomers, you know you are going to have a problem here.
So, here is what I propose:
Have a two-hour forum at a venue (I don’t know, Winnipeg Free Press Café).
Take a policy analyst, a young entrepreneur, union leader, a politician, university professor, along with an average joe blow lunch pail Generation Screwed member as your panelists.
Have the panelists make five-minute speeches on what they think is wrong and where the trends are going.
Have question and answers with the crowd, along with any questions from various social media outlets.
There. Done. While a forum won’t solve all the problems, it would be a good starting point.
Now, let’s get to it.