A Conversation with the Millennials who are changing business, technology, culture, politics and our world.
They’ve been called trophy kids, entitled, narcissistic, the worst employees in history and even the dumbest generation. But, in the new book Fast Future, millennial writer and filmmaker David Burstein argues that this generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable them to overcome a deeply divided nation facing economic and environmental calamities.
With 80 million millennials coming of age and emerging as leaders, this is the largest generation in U.S. history, and by 2020, they will represent one out of every three adults. They are more ethnically and racially diverse than their elders and have begun their careers at a time when the recession has set back the job market. Yet they remain optimistic about their future and are deeply connected to one another. They are socially-minded, entrepreneurial, pragmatic idealists, the most global generation and highly adaptable, all assets in a world that is changing fast and changing constantly. Meet some of the leaders of this generation and learn about how and why they are transforming the world we are all living in.
Panelists include Lauren Bush Lauren and David Burstein, with moderator Margaret Hoover.
Copies of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World will be available for purchase and signing.
Lauren Bush Lauren is the CEO, Creative Director and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, as well as the Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of the FEED Foundation. She started work as an Honorary Spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) in 2004, when she helped to launch their Universities Fighting Hunger initiative and traveled to many countries to learn about the realities of poverty and hunger firsthand. In 2007, she started to sell FEED bags which has helped donate over $6 million dollars to the WFP’s school feeding program. In 2008, Lauren launched a new fashion brand, Lauren Pierce Atelier, which is characterized by its high environmental and humanitarian standards. In 2009, Lauren was honored as a Fortune Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneur, and in 2010 she was included on Inc.’s “30 Under 30” List and given the Accessory Council’s Humanitarian Award. To find out more about Lauren and FEED Project visit www.feedprojects.com.
David D. Burstein is the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World. He is also the founder and executive director of the youth voter engagement organization Generation18 and director of the documentary films, 18 in ’08 and Up to Us. A frequent contributor to Fast Company, Burstein has appeared as a commentator on youth and politics for a range of publications and media outlets, including CNN, ABC, NPR, The New York Times, USA Today, the Boston Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in New York City. Learn more at www.davidburstein.com.
Margaret Hoover is a CNN Political Contributor and the best selling author of the book American Individualism: How A New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party published by Crown Forum in July 2011. Ms. Hoover is a veteran of the Bush Administration White House, two presidential campaigns and a former staffer on Capitol Hill. Her work is committed to renewing the Republican Party to enable it to connect with a new generation of Americans, even as it remains true to the principles of individual freedom and fiscal conservatism and continues to champion a robust U.S. foreign policy. She serves on the advisory council of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and GOProud, as well as on the boards of the Hoover Institution, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association and the Belgian American Educational Foundation. Raised in Colorado, Ms. Hoover lives in New York City with her husband.
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