“O.P.C.” touches on millennials’ big questions

On a wintry Saturday in Cambridge, MA, I joined friends and family at the American Repertory Theater to watch Eve Ensler’s new comedy, “O.P.C.” Eve Ensler, writer of the well-known “Vagina Monologues,” is no stranger to provocative topics, and “O.P.C.” well suits her brand. The play explores overconsumption: The fact that Americans throw away $165 billion worth … More “O.P.C.” touches on millennials’ big questions

As the ball drops…

2014 brought some good things my way: Great friends, steady income, a camping trip. But, at midnight, 366 days ago, I’d raised my glass and said “Good riddance!” to 2013. I was done with it. Fed up with the unluckiest number. Indignant about the stretch of unemployment handed me by my second year out of college. I’d spent … More As the ball drops…

One career for life? Nah. Maybe two or three?

Success used to mean a decades-long job, a predictable paycheck. But that’s changed. Gen Y can’t be tied down. Sheila Marikar of the New York Times says millennials define themselves by “the forward slash.” She profiles, for instance, a forensic psychiatrist who doubles as a D.J.; a lawyer who also acts in the TV series “How to Get … More One career for life? Nah. Maybe two or three?

White House reports millennials are shaking things up

While there are substantial challenges to meet, no generation has been better equipped to overcome them than Millennials. They are skilled with technology, determined, diverse, and more educated than any previous generation. – White House Council of Economic Advisers, “15 Economic Facts About Millennials,” October 2014 Highly recommended reading. In addition to being readable and helpfully … More White House reports millennials are shaking things up

Learning to share

Unlike their parents, Gen Y-ers don’t feel the need to invest their money in cars, despite the efforts of companies like Ford to market specifically to millennials. Why not? Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann of The Atlantic Monthly argue that the popularity of smartphones has paved the way for changes in the transportation economy. Companies like Zipcar allow Gen … More Learning to share