Generation WE Around the World

Posted by: eric on October 29, 2009 at 4:08 pm

In the book I primarily focus on Millennials in the United States.  But we live in an increasingly interdependent world, and American Millennials themselves believe that they are called to work with their counterpart from other nations and continents. We cannot—and must not—ignore the important role that youth from around the world will play in […]

An Empowering Vision of the Future

Posted by: eric on October 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm

The urgent need to invest in our future is more than just another way of defining the Millennial agenda. It’s also a vitally important antidote to the onslaught of negativity, pessimism, and apocalyptic thinking that dominates the conservative, corporate media-especially on those rare occasions when they attempt to glimpse the future. There’s no doubt we […]

The Global Spread of Knowledge

Posted by: eric on October 21, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Generation We is acutely aware of the gradually spreading availability of higher education, both within the United States and around the world, and they view this as a trend with potentially enormous beneficial impact. It’s something they see at work in their own lives. In fact, many participants in our focus groups spoke with pride […]

Environmental Awareness and Holistic Thinking

Posted by: eric on October 20, 2009 at 1:39 am

Because Generation We has been raised from infancy in the midst of a reawakening awareness of the fragility of the environment and an appreciation for its value, they are uniquely positioned to consider the long-term environmental impacts of everything they do. This is a natural remedy for the short-term thinking that has dominated most human […]

Muhammad Yunus is right!

Posted by: eric on October 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm

One of today’s great world heroes is Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, pioneer of microcredit and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to alleviate poverty. Here is part of what Yunus said in his Nobel Prize lecture: We get what we want, or what we don’t refuse. We accept the […]

The Power of Technology

Posted by: eric on October 13, 2009 at 5:54 am

Generation We is the first generation to have been raised immersed in the immense power of new information and communications technologies—computers, cell phones, cable television, PDAs, and the Internet. As numerous comments in our focus groups demonstrated, they’re well aware of the impact these technologies have had on them, and they view themselves as a […]

Environmental Collapse

Posted by: eric on October 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Generation We inherits a world in which climate change and global pollution threaten an unprecedented environmental collapse—one that could even spell the end of human existence on this planet—because of unconstrained extraction and desecration of natural resources and reliance on carbon-spewing fossil fuels. The so-called debate over global warming has long been settled—at least, to […]

Health Catastrophe

Posted by: eric on October 7, 2009 at 6:48 pm

In the developed world, the twentieth century was a time of steady advancements in human health. Food became cheap and plentiful, improved sanitary conditions slowed and stopped the spread of many infectious diseases, and antibiotics dramatically reduced infections, once the leading cause of death. As a result, life expectancies greatly increased, mortality rates declined, and millions of additional people got […]

Memo to Bill Maher: Young People Understand the Climate Change Stakes

Posted by: eric on October 5, 2009 at 8:46 pm

The HBO series Real Time With Bill Maher is one of the more consistently engaging, informative, and funny talk shows on the air. It’s also occasionally infuriating. Host Bill Maher is so opinionated, passionate, and over-the-top in his rhetoric that practically everyone is bound to be offended by something he says. (If you’re not, you’re […]