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It was wonderful to join many of you yesterday for our virtual book event with Jean Case moderating an engaging discussion with authors Dr. Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett. Their new book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again explores how we can get back to a society that is more egalitarian, more cooperative, more generous; a society on the upswing, more focused on our responsibilities to one another and less focused on our narrower self-interest.

Through a combination of statistical analysis and storytelling, Putnam and Garrett shared how the remarkable confluence of trends from the Gilded Age of the late 1800s to a tipping point during the 1960s brought us from an “I” society to a “we” society and then back again.

One particular insight that stuck out to us given its connection to our extensive research on millennial engagement was Putnam’s final comment that young people have always been at the forefront of pivotal societal change. “[You] can make a difference, we are not prisoners of history and you can help steer society in a better direction."

If you missed the talk or just want to see those fascinating graphs again, you can watch the recording on the Case Foundation’s YouTube page.

Congrats to those nominated and selected for this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 award! And thank you to Jean Case, Cheryl Dorsey, Hugh Evans who reviewed the social impact category as well as all those who served as judges in recognizing the achievements of this stellar cohort of changemakers.
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