From the Publisher
“Jared Duval has written an inspiring and necessary book, a message that real democracy, and real change, is more possible now than ever. An energetic leader and a fearless thinker, Duval shows us that we have the tools for change at our fingertips. Now it's time to stand up, stop complaining, and make the world we want.” Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy
“God knows previous generations have left those that are coming of age a world of trouble. Happily, they're figuring out a world of ways to set them right. Jared Duval's book offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the next wave of activism, organizing, inspiration, and change. It will give you cause to hope--and cause to go to work.” Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and Deep Economy
“We're seeing a wave of greatly increased civic engagement as people find ways to improve governance via the Internet. Next Generation Democracy tells you what the deal is about the rising millennial generation and our new tools for real democracy.” Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
“Some writers are known for telling uplifting stories, others for making compelling arguments. Jared Duval is the rare author who does both. What's more, Duval, grounded by his own experience creating social change, is uniquely able to help us understand how to responsibly and effectively engage in the world.” Judith Freeman, Co-Founder and Executive Director, New Organizing Institute
“Next Generation Democracy is an insightful intellectual tour de force linking the emergence of the Millennial Generation and the power of open source systems to describe a hopeful future for American democracy. In the middle of a cacophony of confused and fearful voices, Jared Duval presents a lucid, calm argument.” Morley Winograd, Co-author of Millennial Makeover
“Jared Duval has proven himself one of the greatest leaders and thinkers of the Millennial Generation. Next Generation Democracy is a bold, visionary, and empowering exploration of the social and political progress we need in the 21st century. This is the kind of rethinking that happens once a generation – don't miss it.” Teryn Norris, Founding Director, Breakthrough Generation.
Political treatise suggesting that the wired and tolerant under-30 "millennials" must apply open-source principles to the process of governance.
Demos fellow Duval was national director of the Sierra Club's student chapter and received awards for his own organizing efforts. From adolescence, he was intrigued by the notion of tackling difficult social problems in a collaborative fashion, and his early experiences as a Howard Dean volunteer convinced him that the democratic process was ready for innovations. "I was intrigued by the possibilities this new approach held for our politics," he writes, "with the potential for people to become active participants at all levels of our democracy." Later, his experiences as a volunteer in Tanzania dealing with HIV prevention suggested to him that today's challenges are interconnected and thus require solutions reflecting the linkages of wired social media so familiar to millennials. Duval argues that such online, interactive game-changers as Wikipedia demonstrate that collaborative content management "turns out, however improbably, to work remarkably well." The most powerful chapter examines the Coast Guard's improvisational rescue efforts during Hurricane Katrina, and the efforts of residents to rebuild, as examples of collective efforts that benefitted from nontraditional leadership and technologies. His argument reflects the work of, among others, Linus Torvalds, revered for developing the "open-source" Linux/GNU operating system. Torvalds' invitation of widespread user contributions resulted in quicker, more efficient improvements to the OS, and Duval sees this as applicable to politics. He examines projects like SeeClickFix in New Haven, Conn., which allows real-time critiques of urban problems, and President Obama's ultimately successful pursuit of health-care reform. The author's social outlook is ambitious and hopeful, but his prose is neither fiery nor forceful and relies on jargon-heavy repetitions of his basic argument. The book lacks historical context or a cold-blooded sense of the real opposition to progressive movement in contemporary America. Includes a foreword by Tim O'Reilly.
Well-intentioned but repetitive and too hypothetical.