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Millennials Pessimistic About the Future

New survey from One Young World reveals young Americans’ attitudes toward business, politics, religion and online security


In a year that has seen youth activism extend across the globe and drive real political change, the white paper created in conjunction with One Young World, “Beyond the Long Spring of Dissent,” acts as a temperature check on a generation facing increasing obstacles.

From inheriting massive public debt and a stagnant economy, to high unemployment figures and growing environmental concern, the factors motivating young people to challenge the status quo are given a thorough analysis in the report.

The white paper follows research conducted by YouGovStone on behalf of One Young World, which surveyed young people ages 20-29 from 21 different countries around the world on important global issues.

One Young World has published the report in preparation for its second annual summit, which gives its more than 1,200 delegates — most under the age of 25 — an opportunity to make their voices heard that is ordinarily afforded only to political and business leaders.

Supported by a distinguished lineup of counselors including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Muhammad Yunus, CEO of Unilever Paul Polman and co-founder of Doctors Without Borders Bernard Kouchner, delegates will use the forum to communicate their demands on the leaders of today.

The summit will run from Sept. 1-4, 2011, in Zurich and comprises three days of interactive sessions and discussion plenary based on six key resolutions: global business, media, global health, interfaith dialogue, environment and leadership.