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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807044695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807044698
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."
--Kirkus Reviews

“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."
Kirkus Reviews

“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

About the Author

David D. Burstein is the founder and executive director of Generation18 and director of the documentary 18 in ’08. A frequent contributor to Fast Company, Burstein has appeared as a commentator on youth and politics for a range of publications and media outlets, including CNN, ABC, NPR, the New York Times, USA Today, the Boston Globe, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in New York City. 

More About the Author

David is a Millennial writer, filmmaker, and storyteller. He is the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World, the first broad book about the Millennial Generation, written by a Millennial. The book takes readers inside the largest generation in history to tell how and why they are changing business, technology, culture, and politics. He is the founder of Generation18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization. The organization grew out of the documentary film, 18 in '08, which David directed and produced about young voters in the 2008 election. From 2007-2008, Generation18 registered over 25,000 new voters, held over 1,000 events in 35 states, and produced a get-out-the-vote PSA series with stars including Olivia Wilde and Maggie Gyllenhaal. For his work, David received a 2009 DoSomething Award and his story was featured on several million bags of Doritos. His 2012 follow up film, Up to Us, produced with OurTime.org and Comcast, focused on the optimism and resilience of the Millennial Generation in the face of the economic crisis and their continued desire to vote and participate in public service. Up to Us was screened across the country in the lead up to the 2012 election.

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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This is a book that should be read by everybody with an interest in the young people who are, and will be, shaping our futures.
Thomas Grace
Author David D. Burstein suggests a very different view of the Millennials in his new book Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World.
Oliver Demille
And I hate to say this, but there really isn't very much of value here, so if you don't have time to read it, the loss is minimal.
Neal Reynolds

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By javajunki TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 25, 2013
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First, this book is nothing short of painful to read...in fact, it is nearly embarrassing at times. The author, a young "Millennial" as he likes to remind the reader at least once per paragraph, seems to truly believe the Millennial generation is of a totally different substance than any before in history. Ahh...the arrogance of youth.

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...

Lots of hype - little substance.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Strategos on March 29, 2013
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The book is almost a series of essays into the trends and nature of the Millennial Generation, but it's not very balanced. The author does acknowledge some negatives in several areas, but very briefly. The book mostly seems to center around four ideas. 1. That the Millennial generation is far more awesome in every way than everyone thinks. 2. They are far more political than anyone thinks and all moving toward liberalism. 3. They are all about technology which is awesome because it will cure the world's ills. 4. That all of the problems of the world that this generation experiences will be solved through idealism and newly learned/acquired know-how as the generation adapts.

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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on April 5, 2013
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I'd think that the author might be the person who once informed me that it was my generation that messed everything up, but this happened some 20 years ago so he would be older than those in the millenium generation.

I wish the author and his generation all the luck in the world, but it's way too early in the game to guage what the millianist's accomplishments and failures will be. There's much to be said in favor of the enthusiasm of youth, but only time will tell.

This is interesting reading, but I don't recommend buying it because I doubt it's a book you'll want to keep and refer to in the future. And I hate to say this, but there really isn't very much of value here, so if you don't have time to read it, the loss is minimal.

I have no doubt that this review will accrue a lot of negative votes from millianists and I appreciate their optimism for their generation. I just hope it's accurate.
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Many other reviewers have said it better than me, but I'll try to explain just how painful it is to read this book. As the author right points out, a discussion of millennials is entirely appropriate and interesting. They are the last generation to remember how things were "before" the age of everything being computerized, and the first to be comfortable with it. Managers and marketers both need to be cognizant of cultural differences in how millenials think. A book which focused on these differences could be important to write. Everything from their view on work/life balance to how they choose to communicate can differ from their Gen-X or Boomer co-workers. A book on these sociological difference should be written, but sadly, the author here failed to do so.

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.
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