Politically Active Millennials and What This Means for the Future

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CMRubinWorld discusses political activism with Millennials around the world.

More drastic changes in politics as of late have allowed millennials to understand the significance of being involved in political movements. UCLA’s 2015 survey of US students found that “interest in political and civic engagement has reached the highest levels since the study began 50 years ago. Nearly 1 in 10 incoming first-year students expects to participate in student protests while in college.” In The 2014 Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, 83 percent of millennials said that if Americans volunteered more time and money to community groups and charitable organizations, it would make life better around them. Meanwhile, the poll also showed that 66 percent of millennials believe local business—and other community-focused efforts — can help them live a good life. Less than half of non-millennials agreed with them. But while millennials exhibit more faith in community volunteering and entrepreneurship than other Americans, they set historically low marks for trust in government last year, according to a Harvard University Institute of Politics survey. 

CMRubinWorld asked millennials around the world to share what political movements they care about and their opinions on the future of activism shaped by technology and globalization.

“The youth care more about bettering social conditions at grassroots level rather than supporting a top-down approach,” writes Sajia Darwish. “Above all, we want equality and justice to prevail not only on small community levels but also on the governmental and global levels.” Kamma Kathuria notes, “For many millennials, activism is no longer an ‘activity’, but rather a life-long choice that seeks to mesh together a fulfilling career and meaningful life.”

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The Millennial Bloggers are Alusine Barrie, Sajia Darwish, James Kernochan, Kamna Kathuria, Jacob Deleon Navarrete, Reetta Heiskanen, Shay Wright, Isadora Baum, Wilson Carter III, Francisco Hernandez, Erin Farley, Dominique Alyssa Dryding, Harry Glass, Harmony Siganporia and Bonnie Chiu. These remarkable young people have produced shows and founded companies. They have been featured on Forbes ‘Asia 30 Under 30’ list and honored by Asian Women of Achievement Awards. They have been awarded numerous scholarships and fellowships. They hold Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees. They run schools and train educators in underprivileged communities. They have taught all over the globe in environments ranging from maximum security prisons to elementary schools.

CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced hundreds of interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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