The Renaissance in Europe was a period from around the 14th-17th century and was marked by a great revival in art and spurning a cultural movement towards the Modern Age. One of the key catalysts to this movement was Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. This allowed the spread of information at a much faster rate than ever would’ve been imagined at that point. Copies of books and articles that once would take weeks to replicate, could now be reproduced in days or even hours.
Now we look at the 21st century where many believe we are the “Information Renaissance.” Dr. Jay Edwin Gillette, a professor in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University, clarifies many of the characteristics of this movement in his article “Leadership for the Information Renaissance: Clarity, Challenges, Opportunity.”
One idea that Dr. Gillette calls for is the need to become renaissance men and women in order to succeed in this new era. For my generation, I like to think of this as the “Renaissance Millennial.” We have been stereotyped as a lazy and entitled generation and often our calls change in the world are scoffed at and dismissed. This puts the greater responsibility on each and every one of us to be more knowledgeable and driven than ever before.
To paraphrase Dr. Gillette’s article, the problem with renaissances are that they are paradoxically times of great enlightenment and great strife. If nothing else, the overwhelming amount of both these factors in the world today should show existence of a renaissance period. With Millennials in position to inherit decision making power on a global scale, we must make sure we do not take it lightly. This is our chance to make it what we want it to be and ultimately how seriously we take that will determine our success.