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Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping Our World Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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“The millennials are a unique generation with a strong entrepreneurial streak that has seen them create some of the most impactful businesses of this century. As a millennial entrepreneur, I found Fast Future to be an inspiring and powerful account of the world we live and work in every day.”
—Ben Lerer, Founder & CEO, Thrillist
"An inspiring look at what the millennial generation is doing in America...Burstein's interviews and firsthand accounts bring to light these young people, and readers will gain a deeper appreciation and awareness of the rapid progress and changes that have occurred worldwide since the advent of the Internet. Stimulating accounts of what is being accomplished by an ambitious generation."
“In Fast Future, David Burstein provides a personal and compelling picture of his generation. Millennials are pragmatic idealists and the first digitals, able to handle the fast pace of today’s world while they remake our economic and democratic political systems. Read this book not only to understand the future but also how the millennials are poised to shape it.”
—Michael D. Hais and Morley Winograd, authors of Millennial Momentum
“David Burstein’s generation—a diverse, connected, and entrepreneurial lot that came of age around the Millennium—has already changed the face of politics from Washington to Cairo and beyond. Millennials are distinct and powerful, though scholarship about them has been slapdash and haphazard. Enter David Burstein. With Fast Future, Burstein cements his reputation as the millennial generation’s most thoughtful and insightful public intellectual.”
—David King, Harvard University
“Today’s young people really are unique. Technology has made them the best informed generation of young people that the world has ever seen. Their understanding of the problems facing the world has made them the most socially responsible generation ever. And finally their knowledge and understanding of how to use the tools of the digital and social revolution has made them the most powerful generation ever. David Burstein’s excellent book tells the story of his own generation: read it and you’ll know why we should all be listening to them."
—David Jones, Global CEO, HAVAS & Co-Founder, One Young World
“Young Boomers once transformed America’s inner world, creating new visions and values that dazzled the firmament. Today’s young Millennials are transforming America’s outer world, moving at lightning speed to build new institutions, communities, and infrastructure that will actually realize the ideals of their parents and grandparents. David Burstein, a Millennial at the forefront of his generation’s obsession with making things work again, explains why this generational revolution started, how it is spreading, and where it is going.”
—Neil Howe, coauthor of Millennials Rising
“This book is passionate, optimistic, witty, inspired, and inspirational. David Burstein writes about his generation with great hope and confidence, but also with an uncanny ability to keep his feet on the ground and realize that his is not the first group of young people who expect to change the world. Yet his belief that his generation can in fact change the world will be refreshing and uplifting to readers of all ages.”
—Michael O’Hanlon, coauthor of A War Like No Other and Bending History
“We are leaving the young with an unacceptable future—ballooning debts, unthinkable tax increases, historically slow growth, an economy vulnerable to crises, and a paralyzed politics. Until now, the involvement of the young has been viewed as a combination of ignorance and apathy. I was delighted to read Fast Future, a book with such a hopeful outlook.”
—Pete Peterson, Former Secretary of Commerce and Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group
“Fast Future is an incisive look at the generation that elected Barack Obama and is changing the way we do everything. David Burstein has written a must read book about the most individually empowered generation in history—his own.”
—Howard Dean, Former Governor of Vermont
“Exponentially growing technology that we have all experienced over the past decade is daunting. But the generation at the forefront of this change is far from challenged. From technology to radical new business models, in Fast Future, David Burstein tells the compelling and truly unique story of how his generation is seizing opportunities to create a world of abundance.”
—Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation, coauthor of Abundance
“David Burstein breathes the pulse of the Millennial generation like no other. People may struggle to define us, but through David’s voice we have a resounding advocate who expertly understands and articulates our commitment to social change.”
—Adam Braun, Founder and CEO, Pencils of Promise
“The Millennial Generation is the biggest and most diverse in American history; soon they will run the country. In the great tradition of writers who help define their own generations, David Burstein offers a moving and insightful portrait of Millennial America.”
—Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE (Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement)
“David Burstein is living proof of why the millennial generation is so promising. Like other millennials, Burstein is idealistic yet pragmatic, globally minded, and determined. In Fast Future, Burstein pulls from his own experiences and observations to depict a generation well suited to tackle the seemingly insurmountable challenges before us. Fast Future is at least as much a telling of the generation’s story as it is a declaration of its potential.”
—David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst, CNN, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
“Here David Burstein tackles how new technology and the millennial generation will forever make an impact on our country and the world. Whether it is through politics, economics, or computer science, David deftly demonstrates the large and small changes that are being made. A must read for anyone looking to understand where the world is going and how we got there.”
—Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
“David's reflections are a fast, fun, informative read.”
—Nancy Lublin, CEO, DoSomething.org
“As young social entrepreneurs, Fast Future spoke to our core by telling the story of an exciting turning point that will change the course of history. That is, if we can channel this energy. David Burstein takes a deep and nuanced look at the potential young people have and the terrible missed opportunity of not capitalizing on the innovation of the millennial generation. David himself represents the savvy impatience, the industriousness, and the possibilities of the millennial generation: this book is not to be missed or ignored. And, in Fast Future, he presents us with the opportunity to re-imagine how generations can work together to create a more innovative, equitable world—today.”
—Jessica Posner Odede and Kennedy Odede, Co-Founders, Shining Hope for Communities
“With careful research and thoughtful observation, David Burstein holds a mirror up to his own generation and tries to help all of us better understand who they are, what matters to them, and how they may shape the future. Everyone who is fascinated by Millennials—and how can we not be?—will learn something from this book.”
—Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour
“Fast Future is a fantastic read for anyone who is curious about the mindset and perspective that the Millennial generation is bringing to their businesses, their politics, and their personal lives. Millennials will continue to shape that world as their ranks elevate to higher levels in corporations and governments and, if Fast Future is any indication, they’ll not be shy about letting you know that they’ve arrived.”—Forbes.com
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David is a frequent speaker and commentator on Millennials, social innovation and politics. He has appeared on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NPR, ABC Evening News, and C-SPAN, and in The New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, Politico, Salon, The Huffington Post, and many others. David is a contributor to Fast Company, where he writes about disruptive innovation, social entrepreneurship and creativity. He regularly consults for not-for-profits and companies on how to understand and engage Millennials. David serves as the Co-Director of the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship @ Chicago Ideas Week, which helps outstanding young social entrepreneurs grow their impact. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Watson University, The Civic Life Project, and The Westport Youth Film Festival. He is a proud graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. More at www.davidburstein.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
To substantiate this claim, the author goes on to provide numerous examples of how he and his friends in high school put together a film festival, participated in elections and so forth.
The book skips around from high school film festivals to elections, social media to political elections again...it was all over the place. A few facts and stats were scattered about to show the rapid growth of new tech use and how it is concentrated among the younger generation....a conclusion that is more than just a little obvious for just as equally obvious reasons. In fact, that is one of the major problems with this book...it is so UNaware of the reason, cycles and systems behind all these (less than) "exciting" differences.
Next, the author makes a mistake which is all so very common to his generation...not understanding the difference between a business and a project. Throughout the book he cites "examples" of "innovative business" which is not a business whatsoever. It is a cause, it is a project, it might even be a wonderfully worthwhile undertaking but it is not a business. It doesn't make money, it uses up a lot of time but fails to generate revenue. Ironic since many recent IPO's into some of the best known Millennial owned corp's have taken a beating for the same reason...lots of hype, little substance. Very much like this book...
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While the author does debunk some common generational stereotypes, he creates new ones (are there any Millennial CRIMINALS or other undesirables in this shining new "Fast Future"?) , perhaps simply out of sheer enthusiasm and idealism for his subject-matter. And while an in-depth discussion of what this generation needs to do to overcome the enormous problems plaguing the world would be welcome and interesting, blind faith rather than real answers is the message of this book (if I were writing such a book I would mention the need for new centers of power created by this generation, new leaders who inspire and push hard for change, etc, etc rather than just saying in effect "They will figure it out".
Likewise the potential negatives of technology, while very intelligently debated against, are almost not even considered. Yes, people are adapting to a world literally overrun with technology. Yes, they are developing shorter attention spans and a totally different set of social and behavioral skills to navigate this Information Age, but NO ONE can be sure that this will result in a better world.Read more ›
David D. Burstein's "Fast Future" is much like the latter in that he argues that the Millenials, those born in the 1980s and 1990s, are far more than how they've been sold. That they are more industrious and savvy regarding the circumstances and events that is shaping this particular generation.
Burstein uses many examples. Most revolve around the Internet which makes sense because as he points out, this is the generation that came of age as the Internet became common place to use.
But while Burstein is very good at giving a background of his generation, there was, for me, a bit too much of a cheerleader tone. Each generation has challenges in some form or fashion. Each generation slips and slides up and down the scale as it evolves.
So while I appreciate reading how Millenials (especially since my son is a Millenial) feel towards the world, Burstein's rah-rah was a bit off putting. Still, there is value in reading it and it was a very smooth and easy read.
Instead, what we got was a book that acts as if youth is a new phenomenon, and no other generation before had youth who thought things could be different. Did the millenials invent youthful rebellion? The author would do well to study the 1960's, Romeo and Juliet, or even Pyramus and Thisby from Ancient Greece! The author acts like all idea of youth are important and valuable - has he ever heard of the Hitler Youth? Youth is neither novel nor is it necessarily positive, yet the author assumes both of these to be facts as he proceeds to write his book.
About all we can glean from the author is that millenials really like Barack Obama. In fact, the book makes it sound like the future of America's youth is working on political campaigns and making YouTube videos.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you'd like to take a few minutes just to see just how exaggerated the Millennial Generation's sense of self-importance is, and the absolutely inflated sense of themselves they... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Saddened by his empty optimism.....
Thought the book could have been shorter. The author seemed to repeat himself a lot.Published 8 months ago by Jana Kaney
I couldn't finish it, even for our book club and the author writes with annoying egocentric hubris. It does, however, give you an idea of this generations perspective.Published 19 months ago by MK
If you are tired of watching your 17 year old study until 2 am every night, ace his SAT's with a top 1% score, peer tutor his friends and neighbors, help the elderly become... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lily1
There are 80 million Millenials - "people who are today 18-30 years of age...and by 2020 they will represent one of three adults. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by DragonWing
Burnstein writes what he wants us to think about millennials but I am not sure it fairly represents exactly what millennials are actually all about. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Mark W. Brooks
Just another narcissist, arrogant, self-gratifying book to make money from the "Generation Y" by telling them only what they want to hear: that they are all awesome technological... Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Domingo Soria Martin
I received this book for free to review, but it's most certainly one I would have wanted to read anyway. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by M. J. Lloyd