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How are global youth changing our future? Are they Generation We or Me?

I have a draft of a book about how global youth are changing our future, based on almost 3,500 surveys, extensive dialogues, interviews and visits with young people from 66 countries. I find them to be thoughtful, altruistic, creating a new non-hierarchical paradigm, and inclusive. They’re comfortable with women in leadership positions. The main differences between them are not their nationalities but whether they live in an urban or rural area. If you would like to critique and add to chapters, I’m glad to share. The main debate in the US is if youth are narcissistic and apathetically caught up in consumerism or if they are making changes in nontraditional ways, volunteering, and questioning authority. What are your observations about how young people are changing the old ways of doing things? Are you hopeful or worried? Will they be able to turn around failures like the inability of the Rio+20 to make binding agreements to protect the planet? I’d especially like to hear from Millennials; the open-ended book questions are on my Wordpress blog. Thanks, Gayle Kimball


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    Jul 30 2012: I think this generation lives right now a period of transition and change.
    It's hard to talk about youth in general because there are too many cultural differences. However, the role of the internet becomes increasingly important in our lives. Today we have a huge supply of information, new possibilities of communication and all these things stimulate a new global culture, ideas and other ways to communicate.
    All these good things and the current problems will force this generation to be mainly a "WE"-generation.

    [PS: i'm not so familiar with english, so sorry me if I made some mistakes in grammar =P ]
    • Jul 30 2012: Dear Raul, Thanks for your observation. What do you notice about the issues dear to the hearts of Italian young people? Also, I would appreciate your answers to the global youth book questions and forwarding them to your network of people 19 and younger. Thanks, Gayle

      Greetings from California. I'm writing a book that gives you and other young people around the world an opportunity to say what's on your mind. This is your chance to be heard. Many of you have wonderful suggestions for how to make our world a better to live in, so I'm asking people age 19 and under to respond to 10 questions. I have translations in other language.
      See www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Global-Youth-SpeakOut/160382763986923 for photos.
      (I’ve written other peer-based books for youth, including The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide and How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce: Kids’ Advice to Kids.) Please also forward to kids and their teachers so they can be part of the global youth book.
      Thanks, Gayle Kimball, Ph.D. gkimball@csuchico.edu

      1. If you could ask a question of the wisest person in the world,
      what would you ask her or him about life?
      2. What bothers you in your daily life? What practice best helps you stay calm?
      3. If there was one thing you could change about adults, what
      would it be?
      4. What would you like to change about yourself?
      5. What do you like to do for fun?
      6. When have you felt most loved by someone else?
      7. Why do you think you’re here on earth; what’s your purpose? How are you influenced by global media (TV, Internet, advertisements, etc?)
      8. On a scale of 1 to 100, how highly would you grade your
      school? Why?
      9. What work would you like to do when you're an adult?
      10. If you were the leader of your country, what changes would you make?
      11. Imagine you get to write on a T-shirt going on a trip around the world. What do you want your T-mail to say to people?

      What questions are missing that you’d like to answer? Your email. . . . . . .
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        Jul 31 2012: Well, the main problems of italian young people are unemployment and the current political crisis.
        I think both are too complicated to explain with a few lines.
        I'll answer you about the question you wrote:

        1-This is very interesting. I probably would ask what he thinks about the word "happiness" (principally how we can get it and if everyone can)
        2-The inconsistency of our behavior and abuse of technology. I can stay calm using ..."meditation" (it's not something easy to explain)
        3-their life style (way of life?) and how they perceive the world
        4-Sometimes I would be more extroverted
        5-Meet (or make) friends
        6-A long time ago :P I now prefer to be twenty-one
        7- Ehm...I don't know.
        I try to see more media possible for a personal opinion
        8- Between 70 and 80. I had a good education, with good teachers but I was lucky. The Italian school can improve
        9-I'd like to solve problems of any kind (I study mathematics, so probably...)
        10-I'll the political class, the school system and some changes about the economy and local administration
        11-" Learn about the world "
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      Jul 30 2012: Your English is fine I agree with you that the connections the internet offers make it easier to feel a bond with people with whom one would have had no contact a generation or two ago.

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