Shaky Isles works in Open Space Technology. One of the principals is “Whoever comes is the right people.” No matter your race, gender, age, orientation, religion, politics. Shaky Isles ticks quite a few boxes on the diversity rubric. You may fund us accordingly. ;)
One thing I love about working with and being a part of Shaky Isles is our age range. Truth be told, I hadn’t fully appreciated how special this it until a different company’s main view of me was based upon my age and other aspects of “identity.” In Shaky Isles, I rarely notice our 40 year age range. We play, we discuss, we dream, we work. Together.
I beg for more specificity in our language.
“You’re so old/young for your age” This is may be complimenting you in some way. It’s also suggesting you are too different from how you should be because of the years you have lived in X's opinion.
My actions are determined by my past experience and my past experience is not determined by my age.
Things that are determined by age:
When you can vote (not when and if you do)
When you can drive (not when and if you do)
When you can drink (not when and if you do)
Other legal things.
Education (more significantly learning), employment, relationships, physical ability and the all encompassing ‘experience’ are not directly determined by age. At some time, at every time, we have and will experience pain and joy at varying levels. Need they be compared?
Age is an unreliable meter
I dislike saying my age. It’s often surprising because folk think I am more something or other than other people my age. This can lead to disappointment when I mess up. “Oh but we thought you were more mature.” I reply thus impervious to failure?