As someone who joined the National Trust before I was 20 and got a job here less than 10 years later, I have never understood the lament that there are no young people in preservation. I was by no means alone in my age group when I started, and as I've aged in place at the Trust, I've seen many more twentysomething preservationists join our ranks. And yet, it's a persistent theme - leading me to wonder if the problem isn't so much that there aren't young people in the movement, but that there's not enough connection and collaboration between younger and older preservationists. If that's the case, it seems like something that is solvable, right?
Solutions are just what we'll be looking for in our next #BuiltHeritage chat on Twitter. We'll discuss how to dispel age-related stereotypes; develop projects and workplaces that play to the strengths of multiple age groups; how Boomers, GenXers, and Millennials can mentor one another; and more. Please join us on at 4:00 EST on Wednesday, February 1.
Here’s how to participate in the chat:
2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage
3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other participants using replies and retweets.
Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.
If you can’t join in live, don’t worry – we’ll also post a transcript shortly after the chat.
A quick housekeeping note for those who have been participating in the chats for a while: We have transitioned the @PresConf Twitter handle into @PresNationLive, in order to give it broader use for all our live-tweeting needs... And to give followers of @PresNation a break from the chat onslaught. Therefore, we'll be cutting back to two moderators, @PresNationLive and @jonaskayla. Please follow the new "Live" account if you're not already, and we look forward to chatting with you next week.
Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is now accepting guesses as to how long she's been working at the Trust. (Be kind, folks.)