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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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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