Society is changing, but how are people changing? We observe two interlocking occurrences: the fall of social rules and the rise of individualism. We live in a time when high self-esteem is encouraged from childhood, when young people have more freedom and independence than ever. It seems the recent generations (Gen X, Y, Z), which we refer to as Gen ME, have not embraced the rules of etiquette, which are built around “respect for other people”. The focus of today’s new generations is often about their feelings. Gen ME has the highest self-esteem; they are more confident and assertive. They feel more free, equal, and entitled; but also they are the most cynical and miserable of any generation. We see the highest rate of depression, loneliness, isolation, and suicide among Gen ME.
These generational changes in self-centered behavior are developing a culture of narcissism, which has grown exponentially in recent years to the point of an epidemic. The influence of “instant stardom” as a result of social media such as YouTube and Facebook, MTV and other reality television programing, as well as the surge in body image modification; all support the pernicious spread of narcissism in today’s culture. Gen ME has created a profound shift in our culture and has a significant effect in changing what it means to be an individual in today’s society.
One of the most daunting challenges of the century is the clash of this generation’s entitled self-focus in today’s competitive marketplace. More than any other generation, all that was promised and not delivered at their adulthood has disappointed Gen ME, children of the Baby Boomers. There is a huge collision between their expectations and reality. As the world is becoming increasingly competitive, they want higher paying - and higher status – jobs, coupled with a better work/life balance. What is the impact on the Corporate hiring market and what are the current and future challenges and implications in response to these new trends in the workplace?
The provocative and inquisitive assessments of this documentary will look at the different generations, including their history, cultural identity, traits and trends, and voice the fallout on how we arrived here. We will evaluate the Boomer legacy, for educators, parents, employers and the society in general. It will reveal what the future risks are, weigh the costs and benefits of radical individualism, and seek what opportunities exist for Gen ME to succeed in today's world. How do Baby Boomers reconcile their top-down management style with the collaborative instincts of the younger generations? How can they harness the energy and drive of Gen ME?
We will answer these questions and more, to bridge this generational divide and lay the path toward a better future.
Stephen Tapp is a proven leader in the media and entertainment sector with over 25 years experience building and operating subscriber and advertiser based entertainment businesses. His track record includes many pioneering initiatives in tv, radio and digital media incl prodn, acquisition, sales, marketing, distn and brand building. Tapp has been involved in startups that involved new licensing and new tech launches on multiple “first in Canada” distribution platforms. He has experience operating both public and private companies.
In June 2007 Tapp created Hercules Media Group Inc., a company focused on providing advisory services and investment in digital tv, online, mobile media and marketing communications. HMG partners with and advises companies on startups and growth strategies. The company has investments in digital tv networks, through Glassbox tv(Blue Ant), an ad supported placed-based online startup and an online/offline social community business. Through HMG, 07-11,Tapp was Director, CEO for various companies incl Mash Media, a VC backed marketing solutions company, Cineflix Media, Statusfirm and Mercury Communications Group in NYC.
Prior to establishing HMG Tapp, served in senior leadership capacities including Founding President and COO XM Satellite Radio Canada. As founding President, he was responsible for winning the CRTC license for satellite radio in Canada and and took XM public with an initial market cap of $800m. Previous to XM, Tapp served with Chum TV. As EVP TV he ran the TV division- 26 channels including Citytv, MuchMusic and Bravo! He oversaw the Online division and as VP/GM Intl, licensed content worldwide and franchised tv formats in Finland, Argentina, Colombia, Spain and Asia. He also headed local station powerhouse, Citytv. A self declared startup specialists Tapp was also responsible for launching Canada’s first PPV Net, Viewer's Choice and was part of the launch team of Canada's first sports PAY TV channel TSN. He began his TV career as a production manager at CFTO.
Tapp holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree with Honours from Queen’s University (1983).
Current BOD's-Toronto East General Hospital Foundation. Other: Advisory Board, Cue Digital Media, IGet.it, Location Based Marketing Association, NextMedia, Iporta Corp.,IYellowwinegroup. Former BOD- MashMedia Inc., The PowerPlant Art Gallery, Broadcast Executives Society, International Emmy Awards, Funny Films OY-Finland, Innovators Gala, Ontario Science Centre.
Garner Kinmond has been a producer for the last 23 years, working in all forms of production from music videos, commercials, television, film and experiential content. His proven track record as a creative production executive showcases award winning film production, new business development and directorial talent sustainability. He has produced projects on 4 continents, in multiple languages. His first film “The Final” was a multiple award winner on the world-wide festival circuit in 1998, including a Grand Gold Jury Prize at WorldFest International.
For 17 years as a line-producer, he has worked with many of the industry’s storied veterans, including Bob Canning, Michael Ulick, George D’Amato and Peter Nydrle to name but a few. A multiple award winner in both the US and Canada, Garner recently returned to his native Canada after a 5 year Exec Producer stint in Los Angeles for Nydrle Inc which culminated with the Cannes Gold Lion in 2009 as well as recognition as an AICP NeXT Honoree. Other accolades in the last 10 years include the California Film Commission Award [Producer of the Year] in 2005, several Tellys, 13 MMVA’s, many Auroras.
With many international industry contacts, a broad range of idea-shaping experiences, Garner is always looking for the next way to tell a story, whether through traditional formats or cross-platform technologies. Great content produced well will become the classic literature for our next generation.
Antoine Gaber married his professional career in clinical cancer research and his business acumen with his artistic expression by supporting several charity organizations internationally for the treatment of Cancer, HIV and Liver Diseases. Gaber launched in 2004 his International Program “Passion for Life" (Latin America, Europe, Canada) for objective to increased cancer awareness and raised funds for research. In all his endeavors, Gaber has benefited from the extraordinary support from government officials and patronage of influential people. Gaber rapidly captured the media's attention and is since extensively featured in the written press, radio and television in several Countries.
As a Canadian Contemporary Artist Photographer and Impressionist Painter, Antoine Gaber has earned his place among the most valued painters. Twice awarded by the President of the Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea, of Florence Italy, with the prestigious Prize of the "Lorenzo il Magnifico" for his artistic career. Antoine was featured and listed in the reputable and well-established International Art Book "Who's Who in International Art", 2007 edition, regrouping the famous and new names in the arts of the 21st Century, extending Gaber's International recognition within the art world.
Gaber expanded his art as a Photographer and Digital Artist and created his internationally unique Digital Art Photography artworks technique of landscapes, floral, and architecture named "Evolutional Ribbonized Photography™" which is now manufactured and distributed across Canada and USA.
Gaber recently expanded his artistic talent to produce and direct his first provocative and inquisitive 99 minute documentary titled " It's all about ME" This documentary examines the inflated sense of entitlement among youth in the Western World, its consequences and the solutions for a better future.
For more information about the artist, please visit his website at: www.antoinegaber.com