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The millennial's guide to changing the world : a new generation's handbook to being yourself & living with purpose / Alison Lea Sher.
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Guide to changing the world

Changing the world
Publication Information:
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]

Physical Description:
vii, 280 pages ; 21 cm
Sher investigates the challenges the rising generation is facing and how we can empower ourselves with a paradigm-shift that will transform our culture. Explore shifting concepts of adulthood, how to constructively engage in corrupt political process, how to overcome the quarter-life crisis and live out your purpose, ways to heal from personal and intergenerational trauma, how to be ethical and sex positive in relationships, how to save the planet, and more.


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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.

Author Notes

Alison Lea Sher is a writer and editor, interdisciplinary artist, and the CEO and founder of Millennial Inc., a consulting agency designed to help millennials live out their purpose. She lives in South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. v
Chapter 1 What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?!p. 1
Chapter 2 The Anatomy of an Adultp. 18
Chapter 3 The Many Different Expressions of Successp. 36
Chapter 4 Reinventing the Quarter-Life Crisisp. 55
Chapter 5 To School or Not to Schoolp. 71
Chapter 6 Entering a World of Workingp. 85
Chapter 7 The Ritalin Kids (Try to) Grow Upp. 106
Chapter 8 Cutting the Apron Stringsp. 125
Chapter 9 The Corporate Socialist Oligarchyp. 139
Chapter 10 Retreating to the Counterculturep. 157
Chapter 11 The Technological Revolutionp. 171
Chapter 12 The Environment Will Save Usp. 187
Chapter 13 A Multicultural Movement for Unityp. 205
Chapter 14 Sex, Sex, Sex-and Some Queer Stuffp. 224
Chapter 15 Relationships Are the Journeyp. 245
Chapter 16 The Energetic Art of Changing the Worldp. 264
Notesp. 273