Young Generation Opening Session
The main question that came out from the session as well as from the Y Notes session was actually a very simple one: why do those young generation movements exist in the nuclear field? Why is there such a need? And to such an obvious question, the answer is not that easy. And it seems to be very different from one country to another. Following this conference, the first action that we should probably conduct all together is to answer it as well as we can. The outside world needs to understand our motivations. Some first answers came out from the meeting, on which everybody agreed:
The nuclear industry as a whole probably needs us then, for all these reasons, but what was surprising was that we did not find an answer to the other questions: why do we as young people in the nuclear industry feel so strongly and personally the need for gathering? Let us think about it…
Auto-criticism: among the main goals defined for the YG activities, one of them seems not to be really treated, probably because this is the harder part of the job, even if we talk a lot about it during most of the young generation presentations. Did anybody once present a real and concrete example of a successful transfer of know-how initiated by the young generation? A first solution suggested could be the one of long-term mentoring.
During the session, great news came out with the creation of the Japanese young generation group, which will probably also induce the start of a movement in the whole Asia after the creation of the national networks. In any case, a statement was made that national activities should always have the priority.
And, finally, is this name Young Generation really correct? One strong statement made was that we don’t want to stay as a separate standing organization. And the fact is that our name is sometimes misleading. This is how the Y notes session group agreed to propose a change towards Future Generation. Let us think about it also.