Posts Tagged ‘politics’

New Report Reveals How Changing Demographic Trends Are Affecting US Politics

March 09th, 2010

Hi All!

Here is some very timely, interesting info to be aware of. Without me re-hashing their overview info, here are the details that were provided to me:

This new report, authored by NDN Fellows Morley Winograd and Mike Hais and based on a 2,500-person poll, takes an in-depth look at how America’s population is changing and how the two political parties are responding to these changes.

America is going though profound demographic change. Its population is moving to the South and West. New groups – particularly Hispanics and the largest generation in American history, Millennials (aka Gen Y) – have emerged. Large waves of immigration have helped put America on a path to become a majority minority nation by the mid century. This new American Electorate of the 21st Century is creating a “new politics” in America, forcing both the Democratic and Republican Parties to forge new political coalitions and new electoral maps very different from the ones they built, ran on and governed with in the 20th century.

This new report takes an in-depth look at how America’s population is changing, and how the two political parties are responding to these changes. Critically acclaimed authors and NDN Fellows Mike Hais and Morley Winograd present the findings of a new major market research project designed to help policy makers and political leader better understand these changes and how they might impact the 2010 and future elections, for both parties. At the core of this new presentation will be the findings of a just completed new 2,500 person national survey, whose large sample size will allow effective comparisons across generations and groups.

The presentation and report will take a special look at one of the big questions in American politics today – Can the new Obama Coalition become the new Democratic Coalition? Is the way President Obama won in 2008, with a very different map and different voters, a road map for future Democratic success or a coalition unique to him? And what does this all mean for 2010?



Thanks, Morley, for letting me know about this and sharing the info! GREAT WORK!

Bye for now,


New Podcast Show Features Millennials Making a Difference

October 21st, 2009

Hi All!

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my new podcast show, Millennials In Motion! It went live today so check out the interview.

Each month I’ll conduct interviews with Millennials (aka Gen Y) who are impacting business, entrepreneurship, music, entertainment, politics, sports, education, society and more! I’ll also interview organizations and services who support young people in a variety of important ways.

My first episode is with Millennial entrepreneur, Ryan Healy, co-founder of, a career management tool for next-generation professionals. Ryan was named one of the country’s top Human Resource thought leaders by World at Work and Accenture.  He is a recognized workplace expert for the young workforce, appearing in print publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Business Week, and as a spokesperson for the new generation of workers – Generation Y, on 60 Minutes, 20/20 and National Public Radio.  He is also a featured keynote speaker on topics including, recruiting and retaining young workers and effectively utilizing social media for your business.  Formerly, Ryan was a Financial Consultant for IBM Global Business Services.

In the interview he shares his entrepreneurial journey getting off the ground, and also shares great tips for Millennial job seekers.

Become a fan today of Millennials In Motion and receive an alert each month when I new episode is launched!

Hey! Not following me on Twitter yet?? @GenerationsGuru

Bye for now,


Obama's Inauguration Brings Hope and Bathroom Shortage

January 19th, 2009

Hi All,

The big day is tomorrow! Wow, what a party Washington DC is having! And it’s really in full swing today with Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Lots of prep going on to get the city ready. I was watching CNN yesterday and they showed the line of port-o-potties set up for the event tomorrow, and I almost fainted. It was a line of blue bathrooms as far as the eye could see! But according to a story on The Today Show this morning, a professor expressed his concern there are not enough. I had to share this because I thought it was funny they interviewed him.

Aside from the serious bathroom shortage (this link predicts 1 port-o-potty for every 6,000 people), this is certainly an exciting and historic time for all of us to be witnessing (not the port-o-potty shortage, the inauguration). And this morning I had to laugh when Meredith Vieira commented that this is the first President of the United States that was younger than she was. And he’s only 2 years older than I am! Michelle Obama is my age! It’s kinda weird. I’ve spent my whole life looking at gray-haired guys in the Oval Office.

They also did a segment on how quickly you age when you’re the president. It’s like “dog years”. An expert said that based on research, the stress of 4 years in the White House is equivalent to 8 years of “normal” life, and 8 years is equivalent to 16 years. They then showed pics of past presidents on day one and then how they all looked when they left the White House. It wasn’t pretty.

Anyway, at 47 years old, President Obama, is a very young Boomer (born in 1961 he’s practically Gen X), and after the debacles caused by our recent older Boomer and Veteran president(s), politicians and executives, I’m hoping he brings a heavy dose of integrity to the White House. Certainly integrity has been lacking, and greed flourishing, with many members of the older generations in charge of our large corporations and government the past couple of years…hence the current state of our country and economy.

But regardless of who you voted for, it’s an important time to support our new president, and for the sake of all of us, hope that he does well at the helm. I’m already enjoying the fire he’s lighting within people to “do something” good for the country and their communities, versus waiting for him to make everything better. It really is a group effort.

The Millennials have basically possessed a philanthropic spirit since they were born, and now we can all learn from them. I believe that is why so many Millennials supported him. They “get” his message and understand his ideals around “be responsible and giving”. Since a vast majority of Millennials were/are required to perform community service as a high school graduation requirement, he’s got a huge army of young people willing to give back. It’s a match made in heaven! And hopefully it’s contagious among all of us, young and old!

I’ll be on a plane most of tomorrow, but hope to be able to catch most of the inauguration news when I get to my hotel. Hopefully the hotel bar is filled with other enthusiastic people so I have people to toast with. At the very least I know they’ll be enough bathrooms.

So, until I have time to blog again (at some point later this week), enjoy the inauguration and the parties (I know there are many planned all over the country)…and embrace the message of hope this historic event provides.



P.S. BTW: Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that Cheney has been basically “missing” off the face of the earth since November? Hopefully he’s not out hunting with friends.

A must read article: An Open Apology to Boomers Everywhere

November 07th, 2008

Hi All,

I came across this hilarious, yet insightful article, on It was written by columnist, Heather Havrilesky, a true member of Gen X.

The subhead under the article title “An Open Apology to Boomers Everywhere” reads: “Your earnest, self-important prattle has gotten on Gen X nerves for decades. But now we finally get it.”

As someone (me) who studies generation relations and dynamics, and as someone (me) who is on the cusp, at 44-years old, of being considered a (young) Boomer and/or (old) Gen Xer, I can totally relate to her perspectives.

Here’s just one excerpt from this terrific article, and I strongly recommend clicking on the link below this blurb to read the whole thing:

But when we watched Barack Obama’s victory speech on Tuesday night, we looked into the eyes of a real leader, and decades of cynicism about politics and grass-roots movements and community melted away in a single moment. We heard the voice of a man who can inspire with his words, who’s unashamed of his own intelligence, who’s willing to treat the citizens of this country like smart, capable people, worthy of respect. For the first time in some of our lifetimes, we believed.

But how could we have known? We were raised under Ronald Reagan, smiling emptily under a shellacked cap of shiny brown hair like a demon clown, warning us (With a knowing nod! With a wink!) about those evil Russians stockpiling nuclear arms thousands of miles away. We were raised by “The Love Boat” and “Eight Is Enough” and “Charlie’s Angels,” a steady flow of saccharine tales with clunky morals. There were smiling families, hugging and learning important lessons on every channel, while at home, our parents threw dishes at each other’s heads. We went to church and learned about God’s divine plan every Sunday, but all it took was one Dr. Seuss cartoon about an entire world that existed on a speck of dust, and our belief in God was deconstructed in an instant. Our childhoods were one long existential crisis. We ate Happy Meals while watching the space shuttle blow into tiny bits.

Her article has also received 350+ comments from Millennials-Gen Y, Gen X and Baby Boomers, and those are pretty interesting, too.

CLICK HERE to read the whole thing!



Barack Obama's Grandmother Died Today…One Day Before Presidential Election

November 03rd, 2008

Hi All,

As many of you know, sometimes I stray from the actual focus of my blog and include top news stories that grab my attention. Today’s blog is “one of those” entries.

Sadly, Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, died today at 86 years old. She has been ill for quite some time, and I find it so sad that she passed away before she could see him (potentially) win the Presidential Election tomorrow.

Apparently Senator Obama learned of her death this morning while on the campaign trail in Florida.

His grandmother raised him for several years in Hawaii so he could attend school in the U.S. while his mother and stepfather lived overseas.

Obama has been quoted many times in the media claiming: “She’s the one who taught me about hard work,” he said. “She’s the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me.”

A fairly extensive article was written about her life on Yahoo! News today. CLICK HERE to read it.

Pictures of him today can be found here.

My best goes out to his family…AND GO BARACK 2008!!


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