We created this space a few years ago to give voice to a stigmatised generation, the Millennials, and this blog has been the place to celebrate the concerns, opinions and lives of millennials from all walks of life. Today, the eldest of them, wise in the ways of floppy disks and landlines, are approaching their 40s, while the youngest are graduating university and have long entered the workforce.
Yet the word ‘millennial’ is being used as a catch-all phrase for everyone under the age of 40, many of whom are not millennials at all. This has made us realise that we couldn’t go much longer ignoring the next generation, who are just starting to enter adulthood: Gen Z – the most idealistic, most educated and most diverse generation yet. And this is why we have decided to change the name of this blog from the M Project to MZ.
Together millennials and Gen Z-ers make up approximately 40 per cent of Australia’s population. Millennials currently sit on both sides of adulthood, the unpredictable, questioning 20s; and then the 30s where traditional milestones into adulthood are now occurring. And Gen Z in their teens and early twenties are going through formative years as they step into adulthood and start joining the workforce.
There are many things that create a bond between the two generations: they are digitally fluent, diverse, care about social justice, and view societal change as a positive. And, of course, their first steps into adulthood have been shaped by economic downturns, unemployment and uncertainty. The global financial crisis in 2008, and COVID-19 pandemic now. While the long-term implications of COVID-19 are yet to be fully understood, we know that the industries hit the hardest during closures affected younger people in great numbers.
On the internet and social media, many writers have reduced entire generations consisting of millions of individuals with their individual experiences into a few – usually negative – descriptors. We have all heard it before: millennials are entitled, narcissistic and lazy; Gen Z are tech-dependent and addicted to social media.
At Grattan Street Press, we are not interested in overly simplistic descriptors or narrow stereotyping of either generation. We want to celebrate what makes each of us unique within the greater context of shared generational experiences.
This year, as we continue to talk about the issues faced by young adults, we’d love to see more representation of Gen Z, as well as millennials of all ages. We would love this blog to capture the diverse experiences of both generations.
We look forward to being surprised by your pitches and submissions, but, if you’re looking for inspiration, here are some things we’ve been thinking about:
- Long-term implications of Covid-19
- Access to technology
- Flexible work arrangements
- Multi-generational workplaces
- Gender and gender fluidity
- Student-led learning
- Ethical consumerism
- Mental health
- Environmental concerns and climate change
- The future of social media
- Having kids (or deciding not to have kids)
- Online activism
- The sharing economy
- Job insecurity
- Disruptive innovation.
Whether you remember when the internet entered our lives or learned how to use an iPad before you could read, we would love to hear from you: what you find inspiring, interesting, troubling, frustrating, thrilling.
Your piece must be between 500-2000 words.
Grattan Street Press accepts both non-fiction and fiction submissions for consideration.
If you have a pitch or just want to express your interest, email us MZ@grattanstreetpress.com.