Speaking of side hustles (see my May 2 blog), many are on display at CULTIVATE Tucson’s  pop-up market this Saturday.

CULTIVATE Tucson, a collective that builds pop-up events in order to introduce makers, designers, small businesses, and non-profits to each other and to the community, is a shining example of the energy brought to our city courtesy of millennials.

Millennials? There has been so much written about this generation and not all of it favorable. They’ve also been dubbed the “me generation” and described as entitled and narcissistic or the “boomerang generation” because so many return home to live with their parents. Born between 1982 and 2004, they’re also sometimes called the “echo generation” – the offspring of the previously largest generation, the “baby boomers.”

Since the TCI Foundation launched the 3rd Decade program one year ago, I’ve had the opportunity to work with over 150 participating 20-35 year olds and they have gained my respect. Yes, they are different from other generations and, yes, those that have chosen to enroll in the 3rd Decade program can be said to have a greater interest in managing their financial lives. At the same time, they are hard-working, engaged and committed to getting the information needed to make informed decisions.

And, refreshingly, they add creativity to our community. CULTIVATE is a great example of just that. Consider that their purpose is to create:

A thriving, honest, creative community A collaborative environment for ideas, visions, dreams, and goals A face-to-face opportunity to support local creatives and makers A place for supporting community initiatives and non-profits

All of this plus giving a percentage of the profits to a local non-profit. Their choice for this event, their third pop-up market, is CommunityShare.

You can join the energy this Saturday, the 20th, from 10 to 4 at “The Flash,” 832 S. Sixth Avenue, one block south of 5 Points Market and Restaurant.