Let us know you’re in. Simply send your name and email address through our webpage, blog or Facebook page.
Determine who your OCG friend will be. Ask someone of a generation other than your own, to be your Operation CrossGen friend. Let us know you have determined that friend and send your friend’s name if you have their permission to do so.
Ask your friend, “What do people your age tend to think/say about people my age?” Absorb the answer without comment! Share your findings on our web page, Facebook page or blog.
Find out from your friend what qualities are important to them in a friend. Listen quietly. Share your findings on our web page, Facebook page or blog.
Ask your OCG friend, “How could a person of my generation be most helpful to a person of your generation?” Or, put another way, “What is something you’d like to see my generation do on behalf of your generation?”
Ask your OCG friend, “What does my generation need to learn from your generation?”
Ask your cross-generational friend: How has my generation helped or hindered you financially? How can my generation, or I personally, be more helpful to you in the area of finances?
Ask your OCG friend. Listen without retort, but seek to understand. You might pick up a cue about an underlying felt-need. Your friend may speak in generalities, but listen for specifics. Ask clarifying questions and be willing to engage in conversation about the topic depending upon your friend’s response.
Ask your inter-generational friend, “What cause or issue is important to you? What is an area of the world or of life where you wish you could make a difference?”Listen well to the answer. This answer might lead you and your friend to some shared activity later this year. So hang onto this one. Share your findings with us here or on our Operation CrossGen Facebook page, where you can ask to join the OCG group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1807754132808636/
If at all possible, try to get together in person this week, to visit eye-to-eye, face-to-face. If you two already do that or if your OCG friend lives far away, try to set up a conversation using a different format than usual. If you’ve been communicating by text, go for email or instant messaging or a phone call. Just mix up the communication style a little. Check in with your friend, find out what’s happening in their world this week. The point this week is simply to go higher or lower-tech than usual. Tell us how it went, here or on our Operation CrossGen Facebook page, where you can ask to join the OCG group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1807754132808636/.
And get ready. Our next two challenges will involve doing an activity together. The next challenge is coming May 31.