They'd take time off from their jobs, let down their hair, don their best tie-dye, pack a bong or a bottle of Boone's Farm, and make the scene.
People today are spared the need to package themselves in order to infiltrate happenings.
Brands are another matter.
To rate with Millennials, brands have to protest against global warming, epidemics, racism, homophobia, fat-shaming and unequal pay—or at least pretend to.
Henk Campher, San Francisco-based publicist and author of Creating a Sustainable Brand, calls the pretenders the "quick and dirty"—campers on the bottom steps of a "sustainable-brand pyramid" populated by:
- Snake oil sellers—hypocrites (Volkswagen, for example);
- Blah brands—big talkers (Apple); and
- Offset brands—penitents (Starbucks).
But at least they're honest about it.
My advice to plastic hippies: Come to the party, but come as you are. The rest of us—your customers, employees and investors—prefer the real you.