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The Journal of 2020 Foresight
Friday, December 02, 2005  

What’s It All About? Two Bits for an Adventure on the Way to Greendale

Chapter Four: The Tribal Territories

By Steve Howard, CKO
The Knowledge Labs

Table of Contents
Chapter One: Basecamp
Chapter Two: The Ridge
Chapter Three: The Outpost
Chapter Four: The Tribal Territories

“If there is a huge map, which there is, that just shows Greendale, very little over here, there’s mountains and farms, over there, there’s an ocean…. Well, Greendale is a nice town, but it has its quirks….“

Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Greendale”

DOUBLE NICKEL RANCH. Closed to all but members and past participants, the first ever 55 Rendezvous continues online. For a brief time the ranch became home to explorers from all walks of life -- and from almost all stages of life.

Journal of 2020 Foresight: I’m going to ask each of you – the road trip members of the Corps of Re-discovery -- the same opening question. Why the Double Nickel Ranch and what do you take away from the experience?

Pathfinder: Well first of all, to me, the Double Nickel represented both the speed limit we never obeyed – this isn't being recorded is it? And, it signifies an age – extended mid-life – pre-retirement, if you will -- when you’ve got enough of life’s experience under your belt that you’ve been there and done just about everything there is to do.

J2020F: So it’s the draw of the open road – the age-old path to finding yourself with no guides or maps telling you or showing you a way. And it marks a time for a generation of 78 million at a crossroads in their life, right?

Pathfinder: Yes, but don’t forget we hosted quite a few from the other huge demographic – “the twenty-somethings” – the 80 million that fit the target demographic for “Road Trip Nation” on PBS.

J2020F: For the “double-nickel” generation, it’s about re-discovering passions buried beneath layers of work and family responsibilities.

Pathfinder: And, for the “quarter” generation, it’s about “discovering their distinct talents, passions, and idiosyncrasies” – and enjoying the freedom of not knowing where life will take them for the time being.

J2020F: So, both are in a life transition. The “quarter” generation experiences life in the prolonged school to work transition, while the “double nickel” generation comes to grip with their own mortality.

Pathfinder: One generation stretched it’s wings to leave the nest and to fly on it’s own and start another nest – renting at first with other “Friends.” The other’s figuring out just what to do about their empty-nest.

J2020F: You know, what I found fascinating was how they traded life stories without resorting to parent-teacher roles. Maybe it was the whole Mountain Man Rendezvous theme – spinning yarns and trying to top one and another?

Pathfinder: Yeah. What struck me – and is my answer to the second part of your question – the conversations turned to big picture topics and I realized a good number of double-nickel-ers wouldn’t mind returning to a university campus experience – while the “quarter-ers” wanted to get out of town ripe for new adventures.

J2020F: Big picture?

Pathfinder: Sure, the-- What’s-It-All-About? -- questions

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