The Next Greatest Generation

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Whether you call them Millennials, Generation Y, or the Me Generation, one thing's for certain: this generation of young people will change the world. But how different is this hyper-connected generation from its predecessors? And what will be its legacy? In this hour, we hear from TED speakers searching to define themselves and their generation.

Demographer Nick Howe, who coined the term Millennial back in 1991, discusses his optimism about this generation. Natalie Warne, whose work with Invisible Children movement made her a hero for young activists, calls on young people not to let age stop them from changing the world. Psychologist Meg Jay tells 20-somethings how they can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives. Charlie Hoehn, who graduated during the recession got lots of employment rejections, describes how he built a career by working for free. YouTube Trends Manager Kevin Allocca explains how interactive participation has become a crucial part of entertainment — and that Millennials will only demand more. Tavi Gevinson, who had a hard time finding strong female, teenage role models, talks about how her site and others are putting an unapologetically uncertain and complex face on feminism.

Learn more or listen again to this week's episode, which originally aired on September 8, 2013.

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Guy Raz