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David Hopkins David Hopkins millennial generation changemaker. supporter. collaborator.

Author David Hopkins is committed to supporting and inspiring millennial generation changemakers to do well and do good in their careers. [www.DavidHopkins.org]

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I went to a private high school in San Francisco that was very rigorous and competitive. It was all about who got the best grades, who won in sports, and who did well socially. I never felt like I fit in. Though I gained an understanding of what community meant, it was only in a very limited sense.

What made a big difference was traveling and seeing a different view of the world. While still in school, I lived with a family in France, and later with a family in Greece. A couple of years after that, I lived with a family in Tanzania and taught HIV and AIDS awareness. As an International Studies major in college, I focused on a discipline and a language – Economics and Political Science and French – so part of my education was to study in France.

Those international experiences expanded my understanding of what community really means and what it’s like to feel very connected with people who don’t look like me or talk like me, but treat me like family and take me into their community as one of their own.

Through those experiences I redefined and found meaning in a sense of community that bridged languages and ethnicities. I found out what I was seeking in life: building connections with people. I also saw that I was able to make a difference in some of the overwhelmingly challenging issues I saw on the news, by building relationships with people on the other side of the world and bringing those experiences home to help shift my friends’ consciousness as well, expanding their awareness of issues in the world and why they matter.

What’s most meaningful to me now is helping the millennial generation find careers in which they do well for themselves while doing good for others and for the planet. My Aha! moment about this came through my first mentor, a man I met when I was 19 and he was 65. He’d been a U.S. diplomat and traveled all over the world. When we talked about how our international experiences had affected us, everything he said really resonated with me. He introduced me to the concept of social entrepreneurship. I started working with him as an intern. We co-authored a book and went on a book tour together. We became each other’s adopted family. That relationship has changed my life.

I want to give others the opportunity to have that kind of intergenerational, life-changing experience.

– David Hopkins

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