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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Welcome a Different Kind of Entrepreneur

 Originally publishedat BeInkandescent In the last half of the 19th century, Horatio Alger, Jr. defined for the American popular culture what it meant to be a young entrepreneur.Indeed, the writer of popular novels for children showed us through the heroes in his books that poor boys, by dint of hard work and better ideas, became rich and respected. (Note: Alger’s entrepreneur’s club was closed to girls in those days.)But for those who are tracking this, it is clear that many Millennials (born 1982-2003), who... Read more
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Public School Parent Trigger Laws: Something's Gotta Give

Originally publishedat NewGeography.comIn the mid-1950s, the McGuire Sisters’ version of Johnny Mercer’s song about what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object made it to number five on the record charts. Their prediction, that “Something’s Gotta Give,” provides an apt description of the outcome of today’s battle between the parents of Millennials who want more say in their children’s education and the teacher unions and school district administrators who refuse to give up a smidgeon of control over the public schools... Read more
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Paul Begala’s Head Fake

Originally publishedat Politico/The ArenaIn this week’s Newsweek, Paul Begala suggests that the 2012 presidential election will be decided by “swing voters” in six battleground states — Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, New Mexico, and Colorado. But his definition of such voters is so out of synch with reputable polling data that the wiliest of Democratic political operatives must have been trying to fake out Republican readers of this piece rather than reveal the real Obama campaign strategy to Newsweek’s readers.Begala identifies 916,643 “swing voters” as the 2%... Read more
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The Generational Cycle Is Turning on Immigration

Originally publishedat National JournalAmericans have been of two minds about immigration almost since the founding of the Republic. On the one hand, we swell with pride at the welcoming words of Emma Lazarus’s Statue of Liberty sonnet: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free,” and coverage of the swearing in of new citizens from around the globe has become a staple of July Fourth television newscasts.By contrast, each new large wave of newcomers has led to the emergence of nativist... Read more
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The Supreme Court Overturns History

Originally publishedat Huffington PostEvery 80 years, the Supreme Court has decisively entered a sharply divided political process to provide its own answer to the fundamental question of American politics: what is the scope and purpose of government? Each time, it has attempted to reinforce the generational and party alignments of a previous era in the face of challenges from the beliefs and partisan preferences of an emerging civic-oriented generation like today's Millennials (born 1982-2003). But this time, as the 80 year cycle came full circle, the U.S. Supreme... Read more
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Millennials Home Ownership Dreams Delayed, Not Abandoned

Originally publishedat NewGeography.comEighty percent of Americans buy their first house between the ages of 18-34. While the Millennial Generation’s (born 1982-2003) delayed entry into all aspects of young adulthood has sometimes been characterized as a “failure to launch,” the generation’s  preference for single tract, suburban housing should become the fuel to ignite the nation’s next housing boom as Millennials  fully occupy this crucial age bracket over the next few years.According to a study by Frank N. Magid Associates, 43 percent of Millennials describe suburbs... Read more
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