I SEEK OUT blue chip students from the Translucent Generation. Time does not constrain these students. Their college work looks like a snowball rolling down a hill. The longer they roll their work, the bigger it gets. They increase the size of their snowballs by working with connected communities--blogging intelligently, nurturing online dialogue, collaborating intelligently. This is a generation worth understanding because they will form the world in which I need to draw my pension. I must connect with their values soon because they are entering the business world now.
Alex Krupp offers a crash course in the translucent generation. "Who is translucent?"
The translucent generation is made up of those whose values, beliefs, and ideals have been shaped by their dynamic use of the Internet. There are lots of twenty year olds today who use the Internet daily, and a few who have used it since they were old enough to read. Of those even fewer are power users; the web logging, Usenet posting, wiki editing, IRC chatting types. And of those power users, very few were engaged in these activities during their formative years. Those elite few share a unique value set that will revolutionize the world. And because these values spread virally, the size of this generation will continue to grow exponentially.
His entire article is worth reading.