Leading up to the World Future Trends Summit, we’re catching up with some of our speakers for our Forward Focus podcast series to see what they’ve been working on and get a sneak peek of the event this October.

In our first episode, I spoke with David D. Burstein, author of the forthcoming book FAST FUTURE: HOW THE MILLLENNIALS ARE SHAPING OUR WORLD, released in February 2013 from Beacon Press.

David D. Burstein, 23, is a writer, filmmaker, and passionate believer in the millennial generation. Besides being an author and frequent contributor to Fast Company, The Huffington Post, CNN, ABC, NPR, the New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and others; David is also the Executive Director of Generation18, which he founded in 2006. Generation18 is the nation’s largest youth run young voter engagement organization. It is nonpartisan and not-for-profit. It started as an outgrowth of the 2007 documentary film, 18 in ‘08, which David directed and produced.

One interesting takeaway from our conversation, for me, was the fact that Burstein noted “my core competency is telling stories about things that matter to me.” Storytelling seems to be an increasingly common thread amongst many smaller trends, listen to the podcast here for this and other millennial insights.

Interested in learning more? Join us for Burstein’s session Fast Future - The Rise of the Millennials at The World Future Trends Summit.

"Well, we’d like to see Detroit be one of the primary technology Web center development places in the whole United States, where there’s a vibrant community of young people and old people alike who are living, working and playing right in downtown, and there’s a lot of jobs, a lot of entrepreneurial activity and a lot of venture capital and just a lot of excitement in general."

— We heard about the revitalization of Detroit by Millennials at Mega Mashup this year. Check out this NPR podcast with Detroit native Dan Gilbert, majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and founder of Quicken Loans.

DoSomething.Org has a unique glimpse into the lives of Millennials. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. for teens and social change.

Greg Thomas, Campaigns Manager for will be speaking at Millennial Mega Mashup this May about their recent Scavenger Hunt campaign with Lenovo. I caught up with him for a quick interview on Millennial trends, the best ways to reach teens and Do Something’s plans for the future. Check out the podcast here and join us in Miami for more!