The word “generativity” [was] coined in 1950 by the eminent psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson . . . [who] defined generativity as “the concern in establishing and guiding the next generation,” but the idea is both deeper and richer than that.
—John Kotre, Make It Count: How to Generate a Legacy that Gives Meaning to Your Life
Generative may also convey our need “to affirm our own life . . . [by] taking reasonable care of one’s health . . . to affirm love [by] passing on skills or volunteering, or simply [to] reaffirm friendship and helpfulness.”
—Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom