What is youth? What is eldership? And what can we learn from eachother?

The Youth and Elders Project is an ongoing conversation on these themes. Over the past years, we have had the privilege to share our thoughts with and learn from many people. Some of these conversations we have recorded, for some we have graphic representations by Anne Madsen, and so we can share them with you here. We hope you enjoy listening to these conversations, and are curious to know what questions they spark in you. Maybe they give rise to conversations about youth and eldership in your own life?

Convening meaningful conversations has been an intricate part of the Youth & Elders Project from day one. There is a lot we can learn from eachother if we simply take the time to listen. Creating containers for such conversations is something we emphasise time and again on our journeys and we even take the practice into our conversations with our wisdom counsil and the collaborators we meet around the project.

Chaordic Stepping Stones v2

We’ve recorded some of these rich conversations with a wide range of brilliant people that were happy to share their wisdom on intergenerational learning. You can hear these conversations in our Documentation section by clicking here.

To support conversations in the best possible way we have used a framework based on “the Chaordic Stepping Stones” by Dee Hock. The framework is simple but has allowed each of our conversations to proceed along a course that evolves both the larger question and the succession of conversations along our path.

The Chaordic process is in continual motion, each step integrating and including the previous steps. It is an iterative, non-linear process supported by an ongoing harvest and feedback loop. Once you have defined the principles you check back if they support the purpose etc. The process allows us to be able to remain in both reflection and practice.

Ultimately, it’s all about rekindling the relationship, both vital and ancient, between Youth and Elders.