Taylor, P., (2014). The next America: boomers, millennials, and the looming generational showdown.
For the first time in its recent history, America faces the prospect of intergenerational conflict. The affluent baby boomers self-indulgent, easy going, and the beneficiaries of the greatest welfare program in American history are bankrupting the young, the Millennials. Young and old in America are poles apart and the breadth of today’s chasm is unprecedented. By 2030, America’s age pyramid the relationship between the number of working Americans asked to support retirees will take on a shape it’s never been before. Is there a great Battle of the Ages looming on our horizon?
(1) Taylor, P., (2014). The next America: boomers, millennials, and the looming generational showdown. (28 minutes)
(2) watch 2:15–1:30 – Presentation of Survey Findings (14 minutes) http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/03/07/the-next-america-event-video/
read (1) Wasserman, A. (2005) Scenarios and Personas in Human-Centered Innovation http://ixdcourse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/scenarios-personas.pdf skim (2) Family of you http://ixdcourse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/ci-familyofyou_booklet-with-photos_051111.pdf skim (3) WBCSD “Who are the sustainable consumers in 2050” http://ixdcourse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/wbcsd-workbook-final-05-03.pdf
step 1a: Brainstorm a plan for your persona family, what alternative future are they situated in?
Book Discussion on The Next America (46 minutes)
Paul Taylor talked about his book, The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown, in which he draws on data from the Pew Research Center to tell readers where the U.S. has been and where it’s likely to go in coming decades, given numerous social and economic shifts since the mid 20th century. He spoke with with Jane Hirt, Chicago Tribune vice president and managing editor, and was introduced by Chicago Tribune standards editor Margaret Holt.
This event took place in the north auditorium of Jones College Prep High School at the 2014 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest.
Watch 10:30–11:45 – Panel 1: Family and Society (75 minutes)
America’s young and old differ in their social values, their racial and ethnic identities, and their economic prospects. How are these gaps transforming our livelihoods, our families and our communities?
- Neil Howe, economist, Historian and Co-author of Millennials Rising
- Abby Huntsman, co-host, MSNBC’s “The Cycle”
- Alicia Menendez, anchor, Fusion
- Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist, The Washington Post
- Brad Wilcox, director, National Marriage Project and visiting scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Watch Panel 2: Politics and Policy (57 minutes)
In the last two presidential elections, generational differences have mattered more than they have in decades. Is the generational gap in politics here to stay? And what does it mean for the policy landscape?
- Bill McInturff, partner and co-founder, Public Opinion Strategies
- Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director, Young Invincibles
- Neera Tanden, president, Center for American Progress
- Debra Whitman, executive vice president, policy, strategy and international affairs, AARP