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Podcast    H4'ed 8/22/14

David Burstein-- author of How The Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World

Broadcast 8/22/2014 at 9:07 PM EDT (9 Listens, 10 Downloads, 1521 Itunes)
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David D. Burstein is author of Fast Future; How The Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World, He is the founder of Generation18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization and director of the documentary films 18 in '08 and Up to Us.

How is the millennial generation different from Gen Y

They're the same generation.

Tell me about the millennial generation basics-- birth year, numbers in the US and worldwide, and what makes millennials different.

80 million in US, over a billion globally-- largest generation in history-- born between early 1980s to early 1990s.

Importance of 911-- seminal event

Role of technology and the internet--

Aware of what came before the internet" Understand the internet seamlessly.

Rob: Appreciation for the context-- What does that mean?

Have been first adopters for almost every new tech evolution-- first people on

Are all millennials manifesting these new characteristics?

Rob: my impression has been that millennials didn't adopt Twitter earlier.

Rob: Are there technologies that Millennials are using that Genx and Boomers are not using.

Shared economy things-- like Uber, Airbnb


People have referred to this generation as the no instruction manual generation.

Differences between GenX and Millennials

aversion to technology-- slower to jump on Facebook

and Boomers

a lot in common-- role of activism, role of social responsibility

Rob: What this about narcissism-- you refute it, but what have people said that makes you feel the need to respond to the accusation.

Rob: You use the phrase more in your book than any other-- Pragmatic Idealists-- please talk about that.

want to big change but understand that we're not going to succeed by standing up and screaming at the injustice of it all-- have to make change inside and outside institutions.

Rob: How do boomer activists approach millennials?

Rob: Are millennials getting big businesses to change the way they operate?

Millennials will make up over half of the workforce by 2020

companies need to change to meet expectations of millennials

Rob: What's the generation after the millennials called?


Rob: How are millennials different in families, as new parents?

lowest levels of having children, marriages, owning cars, houses--

sense of optionality is very important

Rob: You've appeared on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NPR, ABC , writing for Fast Company

Rob: You're Speaking to college campuses-- why do they want you there?

Talking about experience as an activist.

Rob: you talk in our book about how opportunities are very different for young people, even teens 14 and 15 years old.

Speaking to businesses.

Rob: are the millennials getting screwed, are they the first generation that will earn less than their parents? Is the American dream over?

The days where you could rise from mail room clerk to CEO of company are probably over.

young people are finding community without buying homes, without.

Rob: You call your book Fast Future. Why do you use that term?

Rob: so much of today's science fiction is about apocalypse and zombies, Hunger Games and Walking Dead.

sense of resilience

Rob: You have a chapter, First Digitals, but you said earlier that your generation is the transition generation from analog to digital.

Rob: Are Millennials brains different?

Rob: How do businesses need to think differently about millennials?

Rob: What have you written about lately for Fast Company--

creativity-- interviewing creatives

Rob: you've said that change is fast and change is constant. Can you talk about that?

that's very comfortable for all of us.

Rob: so, when Madeleine Albright says the world is a real mess, older generations will say "Uh oh" and millennials will say, "Uh huh"

Rob: You talk about millennials at a global scale and their connectedness.

the barrier that separates a young person in China and the US is a lot less than what separates the US and China as countries-- it's never been easier to go to other countries and connect with other countries. We may have what could truly be the first global generation--

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites,

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet (more...)

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