Millennial’s Ecological Empathy

 Originally publishedat BeInkandescentMillennials were taught to treasure nature. In 1995, almost in the middle of the generation’s birth years, 1982-2003, Disney produced an animated version of the legend of Pocahontas, which uses the heroine’s communication with animals and plants at each dramatic turning point in the story.The need to empathize with nature was further imprinted on young Millennial minds through the lyrics of the movie’s hit song, “Colors of the Wind,” that... Read more
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The GOP’s Hispanic Political Malpractice

Originally publishedat NewGeography.comOne of the more curious developments in American politics over the last two decades is the political malpractice of Republicans in dealing with Hispanic-Americans.  Indeed, it now appears that the 2012 election may well be determined by the share of the Latino vote that Governor Mitt Romney is able to keep from falling into President Barack Obama’s column.According to the Investor’s Business Daily tracking poll, Hispanics prefer Barack Obama by a greater than 2:1 margin (61% to 29% on October 25).  Hispanic-Americans have tilted... Read more
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Service, Inclusion Are Paths to Salvation for Religion in the Millennial Era

Originally publishedat NationalJournal  A recent Pew survey described an America that is more religiously diverse and less religiously observant than at any time in its history. In the two most publicized findings, Pew pointed out that for the first time ever, the number of Protestants in the U.S. population fell to less than half, while one in five Americans claimed no religious affiliation.The implications of this change will be felt widely across U.S. politics, culture, and--based on Garrison Keillor’s tongue-in-cheek reference to... Read more
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Millennial generation could kill the NFL

Originally publishedat Christian Science MonitorMany protective mothers and fathers of Millennials aren't allowing their kids to play tackle football because of health risks. These attitudes could close the NFL’s pipeline to many talented players. But these concerns also have the potential to change the violent NFL culture for the better.The emergence of the Millennial generation poses an existential threat to the future of the National Football League.Professional football has been America’s favorite spectator sport since 1972 when baby boomers became the most important TV audience demographic. Steve Sabol,... Read more
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Women, Minorities, and Millennials Will Determine America’s Next Civic Ethos

Originally publishedat NationalJournal On one level, the 2012 presidential election is a battle between two distinct party coalitions: a Republican coalition heavily centered on males, people over 50—especially seniors—and whites; and a Democratic coalition built around women, younger voters—especially Millennials—and minorities. But it is also a dispute over policy and program, because the party that develops a winning majority coalition will also determine America’s new civic ethos and answer the fundamental question of U.S. politics: What should be the size and scope of the nation’s... Read more
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Why Millennials Choose a Blended Life Over a Balanced One

Originally publishedat BeInkandescentThe cry for a better balance between work and life is deeply rooted in generational attitudes and behaviors.Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) tended to be workaholics—causing the average time their Gen X children spent with an adult role model during a typical day to fall to about 14.5 minutes.Despite their parents’ attempt to make these fleeting moments “quality time,” adult Gen Xers (born 1965-1981) are determined not to let their own work life intrude on the time they spend with... Read more
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Leaders Need New Civic Ethos to Appeal to Shifting Demographics

Originally publishedat National JournalAn August national survey of nearly 3,300 Americans between the ages 18 and 85, conducted by research company Frank N. Magid Associates, details the current composition of the two major political party coalitions that are more distinct from one another than at any other time in the past 50 years--perhaps even since the Great Depression.In many democracies, political parties represent particular interests: labor or business, specific religions, ethnicities, or regions. In the United States, with its continental dimensions,... Read more
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Millennials Will Remake America’s Higher Education System

Originally publishedat BeInkandescentMillennials (born 1982-2003) are convinced that college is the ticket to a better life.Consider these statistics: Ninety percent of high school students say they want additional education after they graduate, And two-thirds enroll in a two- or four-year college within a year of completing high school. Including trade schools, 60 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds are now seeking a credential of some type, the highest percentage in history. In today’s global economy, the country’s economic success... Read more
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America's young 2012 Olympians are its future

Originally publishedat Christian Science MonitorGymnast Gabby Douglas, runner Galen Rupp, the women's 400-meter relay team: America got a clear glimpse of its bright future at the 2012 Olympics as 'Millennial Generation' Olympians exhibited their unique take on the country’s traditional pride, diversity, and can-do spirit.Millennials (Americans born in 1982 through 2003) comprised the bulk of the US team that averaged 27 years of age. Their generation’s focus on the success of the larger group was evident in these ways during the competition:Patriotism without... Read more
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Understand the “Me” Versus “We” Approach to Work to Prosper in the Era Ahead

Originally publishedat BeInkandescentSince at least the time of Socrates, older generations have criticized younger ones for not being as smart, hardworking, polite, selfless, or strong as they themselves were when they were young.For that reason, it’s hardly surprising that a cottage industry has arisen devoted to attacking the nation’s youngest generation, Millennials (born 1982-2003), as a lazy, soft, self-centered, and narcissistic “me” generation.” Why? Research suggests this tsk-tsking of young adults has found a receptive, albeit selective, audience among older Americans.Attacks on... Read more
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