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Twenty writers from across five continents provide a snapshot of the global Millennial Generation's opinions concerning world issues.
Twenty writers from across five continents provide a snapshot of the global Millennial Generation's opinions concerning world issues.
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About the Book

Millennials Speak. Essays on the 21st Century is a grassroots attempt to provide a global snapshot of the opinions of the Millennial Generation on big issues. The writers comprise a globally diverse mix of young academics, policy professionals, and future thought and creative leaders. With this book, we hope to fill what we perceive as a gap in existing research about our generation. Many of us met via social media; almost everything about this book has been crowdsourced thus far.

The manuscript is complete. It is composed of twenty-one chapters (including the introduction) for an estimated total of 325 pages (about 85,000 words), printed; each essay is an average 18 - 20 pages in length (about 4,000 words). The chapter topics and their authors can be found below.

However, twenty people creating a manuscript is only part of the publication process. We need your help to make the book a reality. With your help, we are confident that we will have the final product (paperback and eBook) finished in early April 2013. 

Why Are We Writing This Book?

Much of the work and research that has been completed regarding this generation has thus far been American-centric. But discussion of the Millennial Generation and its role in the global order should not be limited to a single country; it omits more than 3 billion Millennials. For a globally-aware generation, a narrow focus on one specific country runs counter to the inclusive nature of our age demographic.

This book is by no means comprehensive in terms of topics or geographical representation. But it is a start, and with it we hope to take another step in studying our Generation, or at least let others hear what we have to say. Study of a diverse generation should beget a diverse body of knowledge. The countries, opinions, religions, and viewpoints represented in the book evidence competing interests and priorities of our generation. But there appears to be consensus regarding our frustration with the status quo.

We also agree that no one person should attempt to speak on behalf of such a diverse global demographic. Instead, we decided to speak for ourselves.

The book is complete but we need help covering production and shipping costs. We are trying to reach a broad, global audience with this book. Global distribution for self-published, print-on-demand books is very limited. One of the major expenses will be international shipping so that all of the international writers will be able to do their part in distributing the book and getting our message out. The more money we receive, the more people we will be able to reach.

Who We Are - Production Team

R.P. Thead, the book’s editor and project lead (and contributing two essays), is a native of Demopolis, Alabama, and is based in Washington, D.C. He released his first novel, The Sovereign Soil, last fall. You can find him at www.rpthead.com and @RP_Thead. Feel free to contact him via his website or Twitter. 

Sabith Khan, the book’s producer (and author of two essays) is pursuing his Ph.D at Virginia Tech and comes with over eight years of public affairs, strategic communications, non-profit management experience across India, UAE and the U.S. Originally from Bangalore, India, he is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where he earned a master's in public administration and an MA in International Relations. 

Rachel Kerwin, the book's cover artist (and contributing writer), is a Washington, D.C.-based artist. She grew up in Chicago and graduated with a BFA in painting from Cornell University. Her work has been shown in New York, Virginia, Chicago, and the D.C. metro area, which she now calls home. You can find her at www.rachelkerwin.com

Writer and Chapter List 

R.P. Thead, with Sabith Khan and Deven Walther Thead, International Monetary Fund, Jay, Florida (U.S.) – Introduction

Makda Getachew, Programme Officer at International Labour Organization, Master of Public Policy – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Topic: The Young, the Educated and the Restless 

R.P. Thead Topic: The Student Loan Crisis and the Next Generation of American Capitalists 

Shoaib Rahim, Fulbright Scholar, President and Co-Founder of H&S Consulting, Kabul, Afghanistan and Sumithra Rajendra, Analyst, International Finance Corporation, Fulbright Scholar (orig. Malaysia) - Topic: Global Youth — Why this Group is More Important than Ever 

Hamza Safouane – Project Management consultant in the Middle East/North Africa region. Master's Degrees Economics and International Relations/ German, Berlin (orig. Morocco) - Topic: The Arab Spring and ‘Generation 2011’: Succeeding Where Others Failed 

Sabith Khan – Topic: Is it Time to Re-Imagine US Foreign Policy in the Middle East? 

Anonymous Writer, Washington, D.C.-area - Topic: No Aliens in the Basement: Popular Culture’s Take on Classified Information vs. Reality 

Paula Fynboh – Independent Strategy/Engagement/Training/Political Consultant, Bogota, Colombia - @PaulaFynboh - Topic: Blending the Old School and the New School: The Intersection of Social Networking with Old Fashioned Grassroots Organizing 

Rachel Kerwin, ArtistTopic: The Artist, Incorporated. The Creative Culture of the Millennnial Generation

Andrew Leon Hanna; Duke University; Durham, NC, United States; @AndrewLeonHanna - Topic: Pushing Past the Talk: Evaluating the Strengths of Youth as Potential Problem Solvers 

Liu Chang (Owen Liu), Graduate student from Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) / Johns Hopkins - Nanjing Center (HNC), Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. http://weibo.com/longlivechina - Topic: The Future of the Sino-U.S. Relationship: A Chinese Millennial Perspective 

Jeremy Peters, MA Candidate - Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Nanjing, China/Washington, D.C. - Topic: Riches, Wrinkles, and Rallies: Societal Changes Shaping China’s Future 

Jillienne Haglund, Ph.D. Candidate, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, @jillhaglund - Topic: Which Way Forward? The Role of International Organizations in World Politics 

Sabith Khan – Topic: America’s Religious Diversity: Challenge or Opportunity? 

Kimberly Williams, epidemiologist and medical Student, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Paxton Bach, medical student at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Anne-Marie Jamin, Masters in Public Health candidate at the University of Alberta - Topic: Global Health in the 21st Century 

Nicholas Santos, Executive Director of Environmental Consumer, located in northern California. @nickrsan - Topic: The Millennial Generation and Changing Our Culture of Consumption  

Sara Nawaz, MPhil student in Development Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom, @sara_nawaz - Topic: Building a New Global Food System 

Mieke Loveday Dale-Harris, Psychology graduate, interned at Institute of Advanced Development Studies (INESAD), Bolivia - Topic: The Effects of Large Scale Land Acquisitions on Global Food Security: The Case of Brazil 

Benjamin Ross, Christian Libertarian, Studied Anthropology and Geography at Florida State University and Environmental Planning at Clemson University - Topic: Taxes in America 

R.P. Thead – Topic:The New Economics of Online Content 

Michael Young, Chemist/Hip Hop Producer, Baltimore, MD, @futuromemusic - Topic: Making it in the 21st Century Music Industry

Where the Money Will Go

As mentioned above, we are trying to reach a broad, global audience with this book. Global distribution for self-published, print-on-demand books is very limited. One of the major expenses will be international shipping so that all of the writers outside of the United States will be able to do their part in distributing the (paperback) book and getting our message out. The more money we receive, the more people we will be able to reach. We have carefully budgeted these costs using the most economical methods of international shipping.

But there are other productions costs. Professional layout design and original cover artwork are very important, but it is not free. Rachel Kerwin, an artist experienced with both aspects of book production, will be handling these tasks. We also contracted the services of a professional videographer (Ian Walker) to create the video on this page, which added to the start-up costs.

Additionally, we are hiring a professional proofreader to help us prepare the final manuscript for publication. Last, getting the final paperback just right sometimes takes a few tries. Proof copies and shipping can stack up quickly as we finely tune the paperback.

Risks and challenges

The project lead and editor, R.P. Thead, and cover artist, Rachel Kerwin, have previously worked together on a self-published book (Thead's "The Sovereign Soil"). Kerwin is skilled at layout and design of the paperback’s cover and Thead will perform the interior formatting of the paperback, in addition to eBook production. They both know how to turnaround a professional product on a limited budget, and in a short amount of time. The biggest challenges will be getting the interior formatting and the cover layout perfect. But, the two have been through this process before and are aware of both the capabilities and limitations of self-publishing.

The manuscript is complete. With your help, we are confident that we will have the final product (paperback and eBook) finished in early April 2013. We are also confident that we will have most backer rewards in the mail sometime in May 2013, or earlier.

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