Broadcast 8/23/2014 at 01:07:12
The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show Podcast
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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
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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