Jules Andre Brown’s generation has been referred to as Generation We, Global Generation, Generation Next, the Net Generation, Millennials, Generation Y, Echo Boomers, Boomerang Generation and the Peter Pan Generation.
Although novelists and sociologists cannot seem to agree on a descriptive title, there is no doubt that this generation has come of age in an era when our planet and people are faced with some serious challenges.
Fortunately, there are emerging leaders finding new ways to capture the flickering minds and imaginations of their generation.
Jules is an example of a young leader, who creates change through everyday actions. One example of this is his facilitation of Tyze networks amongst his peers. It is an act that has become familiar to him through his professional work facilitating real life networks of support at Spectrum Society.
Tyze is a tool that has emerged through years of researching real life networks. It is designed to make it easier and more efficient for people to hold space and provide help. Holding space means when someone is going through something, you provide stable, solid ground for them to be completely where they’re at, without judgment, criticism or blame.
The insights that Jules has gained from his personal and professional work are applicable to a wide range of situations. Tyze has become a tool that he uses to rally support around friends when they are enduring difficult chapters of their lives. Two insights Jules has gained from his experiences:
1. When we listen to the person we are helping and hear their narrative, there is a tremendous amount of guidance gained.
2. When you are facilitating a network, it is about stepping back from the need to be a hero. It is about sharing the experience of helping. The best way to share this experience is by understanding the unique strengths of each person holding space in your network.
When there is someone needing support, Jules sees it as an opportunity for him and his friends to show up and contribute to their community. The act of setting up a network has become an automatic reflex when faced with a crisis. Perhaps, this reflex is an act that more of us will begin to adopt.
“Being there for someone is a gift. That reciprocity is a togetherness. It is an opportunity” said Jules.
What would the world be like if everyone facing struggles had a Tyze network set up for them?
What would the world be like if we were all contributing to networks by simply helping out whenever possible?