The Millennial's Guide to Changing the World: A New Generation's Handbook to Being Yourself and Living with Purpose

The Millennial's Guide to Changing the World: A New Generation's Handbook to Being Yourself and Living with Purpose

by Alison Lea Sher


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A guide and blueprint to a purposeful millennial existence—and how we can make a difference.
What does it mean to be a millennial in this chaotic world? Beyond Snapchat and Tinder, the consumerist culture we’ve inherited, and quarter-life crises, can a millennial aspire to more?
Alison Lea Sher argues, yes, we can! Packing herself up in an RV, Sher embarks on a road trip in hopes of starting a conversation about what it means to grow up in America, post-Great Recession. Interviewing 150 of her millennial peers as they begin their adult lives—from kids heading straight to Wall Street after college to those sleeping on it—Sher asks: “Who are you; what should you do; and how can you step into your destiny as a stakeholder in society?”
The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World is a one-of-a-kind ethnographic study on the spotlighted millennial generation, as told by millennials—the largest generation in US history that is now transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. As millennials embark on a young adult quest during a frightening time, how can they enlist the idealism, values, and resistance politics they are so well-known for to discover a sense of self and purpose? Learn how to:
  • “Adult”—and not in the way society defines it
  • Ride the technology revolution, instead of letting it ride you
  • Be ethical, inclusive, and sex-positive in your relationships
  • Resist the corporate oligarchy we live in
  • Recognize privilege, embrace diversity, and fight for equality
  • Save the earth, literally

  • With intimate stories, ethnographic research, and practical tips, The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World will inspire every young person, showing them how to optimize their coming-of-age potential in a world that desperately needs it.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781510733213
    Publisher: Skyhorse
    Publication date: 05/08/2018
    Pages: 288
    Sales rank: 925,384
    Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

    About the Author

    Alison Lea Sher is a journalist, biographer, creative writer, and millennial expert. She collaborates with companies across the US, pioneering socially-minded startups and nonprofits by aligning their initiatives with millennial perspectives. She is the editor-in-chief of Best Chefs America, and her articles can be found in places like The Huffington Post and the City Paper. In her spare time, Alison records avant-garde poetry albums about life, death, and preservation and the pursuit for political, interpersonal, and psychological liberation. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

    Table of Contents

    Prologue v

    Chapter 1 What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?! 1

    Chapter 2 The Anatomy of an Adult 18

    Chapter 3 The Many Different Expressions of Success 36

    Chapter 4 Reinventing the Quarter-Life Crisis 55

    Chapter 5 To School or Not to School 71

    Chapter 6 Entering a World of Working 85

    Chapter 7 The Ritalin Kids (Try to) Grow Up 106

    Chapter 8 Cutting the Apron Strings 125

    Chapter 9 The Corporate Socialist Oligarchy 139

    Chapter 10 Retreating to the Counterculture 157

    Chapter 11 The Technological Revolution 171

    Chapter 12 The Environment Will Save Us 187

    Chapter 13 A Multicultural Movement for Unity 205

    Chapter 14 Sex, Sex, Sex-and Some Queer Stuff 224

    Chapter 15 Relationships Are the Journey 245

    Chapter 16 The Energetic Art of Changing the World 264

    Notes 273

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