Millennials Speak. Essays on the 21st Century, a crowdsourced anthology that brings together a globally diverse mix of “Millennials” from 20 countries across five continents, will hit shelves later this month. The book’s official release event is scheduled to be held Wednesday, April 24th, at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Bank’s Youth to Youth community and the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, a professional association with membership of more than 10,000 in 60 countries.
“This is a typical case of a ‘global brain-storm’,” said Sabith Khan ’10 MAIR/’11 MPA, co-editor and collaborator on the project. He has authored two chapters in the book, one on reimagining U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the other on role of religion in the U.S. “A lot of the contributors ‘met’ via social media and we were able to leverage our collective online presence to run a successful crowdfunding campaign to finance our production costs,” he added. “Everything about this book is 21st century.”
“A lot of the work and research regarding the millennial generation is very American-centric. But for a globally-connected and aware generation, limiting the scope of study to a single country misses the mark for a diverse global demographic. We hope to fill some of that gap with this book,” said Robert Thead, the book’s editor and contributor of two essays. “Millennials Speak is a snapshot of the ideas and opinions of global Millennial Generation. A diverse mix of young academics, policy professionals, and future thought and creative leaders, covers topics from the legacy of the Arab Spring, the U.S. student loan crisis, youth unemployment, to popular culture. It is a crowdsourced and crowdfunded production,” said Thead.
“Differences in geography, religion, and personal politics aside, throughout the book there is a common theme of frustration with the status quo. Policy is dictated to us by leaders who we often feel are out of touch, when the ones to bear the cross are Millennials. There are too many of us to ignore,” both Khan and Thead point out.
The book will be available in paperback and eBook formats on Amazon.com and the iTunes Store. Learn more at www.millennialessays.com.