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Survey: Is Learning From the Past a Thing of the Past?

Survey: Is Learning From the Past a Thing of the Past?

Political engagement is a mixture of responsibility, volunteering, and advocacy.

Citizens aren't legally required to participate, but are able to do so on many levels and in many forums in order to promote their position and - hopefully - affect outcomes now and in the future. It's a privilege to be able to engage in our mature democracy, which makes participation fairly easy and effective, however small the contribution. Similar factors are at play in the discussion of mentorship in our society.

In each expenditure of time, your past and present experiences inform your actions and, therefore, outcomes in the future. That lifetime of experience gives you an opportunity to influence activity and behavior of those facing life's challenges for the first time.

Unlike politics, however, in which results will roll out and take affect regardless of the participation of all those affected, mentorship is an exchange offering. Those with experience must stand ready to share their knowledge and answer questions, just as the recipient must stand ready to respectfully listen and ask. In either case, if you don't take action to ensure movement in a direction favorable to you, someone else will take the opportunity - and you may or may not agree with the direction things end up going.

In business, when someone retires they may be wished a fond farewell but take with them far more than an office box of chachkies. An immense body of knowledge leaves the work collective as well. Are we missing out on that bevy of knowledge and resources because of a social bias in favor of the young and new? Or is it possibly because we don't have infrastructure in place to offer meaningful mentorship and exchange between those who might offer it and those who seek it? Or is the past the past and we should let the people go with the time?

In this survey, we ask our readers about a series of issues under the broad topic of "mentorship and responsibility". These questions are aligned under the six economic sectors of society (Government, Media, Business, Health, Education, and Community) in which mentorship would benefit the general public, employees and our children. In our following Birth2Work newsletter we will discuss our readers' responses overall and discuss the expanded opportunity for engaging in a mentorship role personally and/or professionally.