The Cycle | February 21, 2013
>> resume and she was like -- hah.
>> she wanted it.
>> none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student but you are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period.
>> i think that was a never before seen girls flick.
>> i don't remember that.
>> me neither.
>> called the worst employees in history and even the dumbest generation . but our next guest says, whoa, not so fast. today's 80 million, 18 to 30-year-olds have a few things going for them. they're the largest generation in american history , a third of american adults, most diverse than the elders and starting careers in the worst job market since the great depression making them very resilient.
>> silver lining there.
>> take one.
>> good thing.
>> while there might be the crazy party animal millennials, that is not a blanket statement. many taking leadership roles in the fast changing world including our next guest. he's david berstein, director of generation 18. david 's also author of "fast future, how the millennial generation is shaping our world." welcome, david .
>> great to be with you.
>> how old are you exactly?
>> solidly in there.
>> how are millennials shaping the future?
>> thinking about what happened in the past, several years as the generation is coming of age , we are the people who are creating the new tools that are powering the entire world. if you look at the way that businesses and everyone is living their lives, it is all based on companies and things created by the generation . look at twitter, facebook. these are are things creating disruptive change in how the economy works and how governments work and it's all being created from this generation . so it's really having a deep impact on people of all generations.
>> well, so let's talk politics for a minute. a particular project of mine to make conservatism more appealing to younger voters and that's no easy feat but i'm willing to put the work in. you know, what can conservatism do if you had to advise the movement? is it really just about weed, gay marriage , twitter?
>> i think that's a piece of it. i think gay marriage and the social issues are a piece of it and seen college republican organizations on college campuses coming out marriage and things like that, breaking with i think what a lot of the party believes and i think more to the point. politicians are both parties have to actually fight for this generations vote every time because even though mill leanals are more democratically leaning, they are not big identifiers in political party membership. they don't see themselves as members of a political party , so each candidate is going to have to work to get votes at this generation .
>> there has been political science research that has shown in the past that basicallypeople become to voting age , they sort of get locked in with the first party they vote for and the margins in 2008 and 2012 among millennials were so overwilliamiove overwhelming for obama . you saw voting patterns loyalty to a party really get locked into place. even if they're not necessarily explicitly identifying with a party right now, do you think it starts a trend there just voting for obama twice by such overwhelming margins?
>> i think it's important to realize millennials believe in the civic responsibility of voting which is part of the reason you saw such high turnout in 2008 and 2012 in addition to their excitement about, as you mentioned, obama in 2008 and 2012 . but i think this generation also believes in civic involvement in other ways and you're seeing more activity in social entrepreneurship and young people starting businesses that's perhaps maybe where more of their energy is going to be focused as opposed to going out and campaigning and putting energy behind every single political democratic or republican candidate.
>> millennials are also often called the facebook generation because it's had a huge impact on shaping the generation .
>> it means for the first time an average person sitting at home can share a message with the entire world and we've seen that time and time again over the past few years. we saw it this summer with what happened with sandra flock, the student from georgetown who had a view that in any other generation would have been totally not heard by anyone else, and she became a super activist. she became a voice speaking up for women's rights and her particular issues and testified before congress. so i think that is definitely something that social media has enabled to do is to scale their activism and to scale their views quicker and faster than any other generation .
>> david , thank you so much for joining us.
>> thank you.
>> straight ahead, crystal on why we need the gop.
>> did i hear that right? i already like it.