Essential Pittsburgh
5:36 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Crowdsourcing Common Challenges with the Millennial Train Project

Patrick Dowd (not that Patrick Dowd) and Lindsay Patross stopping at WESA on the last leg of the Millenial Train Project
Credit Jessica Straus / Millenial Train Project

There’s a pervading image of those in the millennial generation being selfish, uncaring youths. With his Millennial Trains Project--in which 18- to 30-year-olds travel across the nation with the goal of aiding and understanding the cities they visit--founder Patrick Dowd hopes to battle that image.

“Young people have the most at stake and the most potential to be agents of change in our world,” says Dowd. “Millennials sometimes get a bad rap for being lazy and narcissistic…and we want to go against that.”

Dowd’s endeavors are likely to bear fruit. The Millennial Trains Project is a ten-day journey designed to take its participants from city to city across the nation looking for commonalities. Along the way, participants crowdsource solutions for the shared conflicts and challenges they find between cities. Dowd says the group is “working to affirm transcontinental identities.”

Lindsay Patross, whose United States of Pittsburgh is a part of the Millennial Trains Project, says she has found connections amongst identities across the nation. 

“The connections are even bigger than I originally imagined,” Patross says. 

The train journey will finish on Saturday, August 17th in Washington D.C.