Millennials may be ruining everything, from sex to cruises to golf (I’m with you on that last one, millennials), but there’s one thing they are actively looking to improve — their relationships, even if they are sidestepping or delaying marriage. Which is great because not everyone wants to wed but even if they do, marriage is a relationship — right?
Susan and I recently attended “Design for Love: Design Thinking + Relation-
ships,” a workshop that sought to apply design concepts to create a more conscious way of coupling. It was presented by Logan Ury, 30, a Harvard-trained behavioral scientist formerly with Google and Airbnb who is off to a three-month stint with TEDx in New York, and Hannah Hughes, a 20-something who leads global product marketing for special projects at Airbnb and has created a sex-positive app, Romp, which will be available this spring. The workshop was a practice run for their talk at SXSW at 11 a.m. March 11, and the room, which can hold 150, was packed with young people.
One of the first things discussed was relationship contracts — yep, the contract in The New I Do that asks couples to talk, agree to and write down how they want to structure their relationship based on their goals and values, the same contract that Modern Love essayist and creative writing professor Mandy Len Catron used when moving in with her romantic partner, Mark, and that she highlights in her book, How to Fall in Love With Anyone.
Their contract is almost up and they are now thinking about what their next contract will look like because their life is changing in significant ways: “Our next version will have a mortgage section, and questions about starting a family, whether or not we want to get married,” she tells the Telegraph.
It was incredibly validating for us was to see our idea of creating a renewable contract being embraced by — or at least sparking a curiosity in — millennials. Why? Well, you can read more here.