Article published on 03/09/2013 by Les ECHOS
I am only twenty-eight years old and far from me the idea of theorizing on youth. I leave that to wise sociologists. However, it seems to me that it is no longer time to approach youth in the form of a question mark, but on the contrary to raise the quiet strength that those under thirty demonstrate and to underline the role innovative youth of today. It has even become a necessity for them.
Our generation was not born different from the others, but we quickly, very quickly (too quickly?) Learned the lessons of a difficult economic environment and of a future that will not be written in capital letters: GUARANTEED RETIREMENT – EMPLOYMENT INSURED. As our elders struggle to reduce their abysmal deficits and those of their own elders, I believe that today we are fundamentally pragmatic and above all not resigned. There is no question of spending the years observing the hoped-for success of the countless “recovery plans”. The young people have understood that they will have to fend for themselves. Alone? Not quite.
They do not expect a miracle from the public authorities, too busy replenishing their coffers or writing new regulations, often more restrictive and ever more complex. They can no longer – or less and less – mobilize their families, which are frequently weakened emotionally and financially by divorce and unemployment.
But the young people of today know that they can count on their real friends (more than on their friends Facebook ). Among themselves, they prepare their exams, they share apartments and exchange their ideas. This is the era of roommates, co-directors, managerial PACS. This is the era of collaborative know-how and confidence in collective intelligence: what matters is not knowledge as such, but knowing where to find it. This confidence in its network, this permanent connection with its tribe and with the global village, this speed with which, today, we share our small and big ideas with our loved ones, this is what reassures young people about their ability to manage their lives. to come up.
They enter working life in project mode, and it is no coincidence that some succeed more quickly than their elders. Whether it is by becoming a self-entrepreneur, intra-entrepreneur or by trying to make a living from their passion. They are concrete and realistic, and therefore have dreams that they want to fulfill right away, to fulfill the next one right after.
As soon as they can, they travel one way or another, because globalization does not scare them. They are open to the world (much more than the world is open to them), the experiences of others enrich and nourish them. They make no difference between a manual trade, a BTS in technology or an Epitech diploma (that’s my training!) And leave some elders the absurd idea that only a few large schools will train the elites of tomorrow.
Unlike other countries, I have the impression that we do not have this pioneering culture in our DNA, which allows us to create projects that will perhaps change people’s lives. However, our country has a large number of talents who, too often in the shadows, carry out really cool projects. I had the chance to be well accompanied and supported, to have teachers who trusted me and who dared to change the rules of their school to allow us, my friend Jeremy Nicolas and myself, to bring our project to life. This chance I had, I would like others to take advantage of it. This is the reason why I created the melty Talents House, a nursery of young talents, whose mission is to support young people from 16 to 30 years old in the realization of their project, and especially to tell their beautiful stories. to inspire others.
Alexandre Malsch is co-founder and CEO of meltygroup