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Minding the generational gap: beliefs, behaviours and how to understand them – Dr Eliza Filby

About This Episode

In our latest episode in collaboration with the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, Michael is joined by Dr Eliza Filby, Generations Expert & Historian of Contemporary Values.

In this special series with global leaders, writers and campaigners, we will be reflecting on more than a year of challenge and change as we ask the question: how has COVID changed us?

A generations expert and historian in contemporary values, Eliza specialises in ‘Generational Intelligence’, enabling companies to understand generational shifts within politics, society and the workplace, while looking at how demographic disruption is transforming the world as we know it.

From Baby Boomers to Generation Alpha, Eliza examines how the traditional lifecycle is being reordered and remade in the 21st Century: from the impact of us living longer, to what we can expect in the post-pandemic age. 

Dr Eliza Filby, Generations Expert & Historian of Contemporary Values

Dr Eliza Filby is a writer, speaker and consultant who specialises in ‘Generational Intelligence’ helping companies and services understand generational shifts within politics, society and the workplace. Eliza has worked with a variety of organizations from VICE media to Warner Brothers, from the UK’s Ministry of Defence to the Royal Household, with banks such as HSBC, Barclays, BYMellon in Canada and Macquarie in Australia. She has spoken at the EU’s Human Rights Forum on teenagers and technology; the Financial Times CEO forum on the future of work and to the UK’s House of Lord’s Select Committee on intergenerational unfairness.

She is the author of Fuelling Gender Diversity: Unlocking the Next Generation Workplace and Mind the Gap: Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce in the Post Pandemic Age and recently launched her own podcast, It’s All Relative, in which she interviews famous families on the generation gap. It is available on Spotify and Apple.

Eliza received her PhD from the University of Warwick and subsequently taught at King’s College, London and the University of Renmin in China. Her writing has been published in The Times, Guardian and the Financial Times.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

Philippa Perry’s ‘The book I wished my parents had read

It made me think about the importance of the language you use with your loved ones – personally what I use with my two kids, but also my mother. It also alerted me to the generational legacy in parenting: how you were parented underlines how you yourself will parent.

What are you watching at the moment?

Lupin on Netflix, and Mare of Easttown. Lupin is pure escapism while Mare of East Town is possibly the most depressing thing I’ve seen in a long time. Post-pandemic I think we all want a bit of escapism rather than drab and grim!

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My dad, who was the right mix of creative and practical. He was an artist, a stay at home dad, an entrepreneur, a film extra, and a script writer. He tried everything and never had reason to say ‘if only…’ 

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Navigating the pram and the shopping trolley in my hallway – I gave birth to a pandemic baby and my mother is temporarily living with us. It’s multi-generational chaos.

What is your best tip for life?

Turn your passion into someone else’s need.

A quote for life

“If your great grand parents wouldn’t recognise it, you probably shouldn’t eat it”

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

There have been a lot of baby discos in our house during lockdown, and I also spent this time learning the ukulele…

  • ‘Knees up mother brown’ and yellow submarine’ both get my one year old daughter twerking
  • David Bowie’s Rebel, rebel is my son’s favourite song
  • I’ve been dancing like Morecambe and Wise to their song ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ on the dark days, and dancing to Dua Lipa for some cardio

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