Young people talk boomers at next Cochrane Ideas session

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Cochrane Ideas has invited a panel of millennials and other young people to lead a discussion on the unique challenges they face in the modern world. They’ll debate how much responsibility may be placed on the older and still-dominant demographic of the Boomer generation for the conditions they deal with in all aspects of their lives.

Called The Boomer Legacy, the event will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, at the King Solomon Lodge, Centre Avenue, Cochrane, starting at 7 p.m.

The event is open to any interested persons, and Ideas supporters are asked to come with their viewpoints on this significant topic. Cochrane Ideas particularly wants to encourage younger women and men who have opinions to offer.

Featured panelists will include Eily Aurora, 33, originally from Cochrane, who studied for four years at Mount Royal University, including two years on the student executive. She is a professional harpist, singer-song-writer, producer and facilitator, with two CDs to her name.

With her passion to support mental health, Eily founded the Home Shall Be Here project. Among other varied activities, she trained for two years in a form of therapy called Family Constellation, focussing on how emotional pain and struggle is inherited down the generations.


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Ben, 32, has degrees in music and teaching from the University of Calgary. He taught music in the Calgary Board of Education system and privately. He then completed a Masters in Business Education at the University of Victoria. After that, he served as event manager for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. He recently returned to Calgary where he was born and grew up.

Questions that might be raised, include the differences between the world older people grew up in and the world people born after 1980 have to deal with. Were older people given a better chance than millennials have? Have the oldsters dominated younger people’s access to political power?

What worries millennials most: Climate change, economic inequalities, the growing influence of artificial intelligence and other technological innovations, population explosion?

Any interested people are welcome to attend free of charge, although donations to cover costs are gratefully received. The organizing committee encourages discussions on a very broad range of topics. For further information about this event or Cochrane Ideas, contact Andy at, or 403-932-6580. Or, visit the group’s website at

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