If there is anybody who can come close to predicting the future, John Zogby might be the man. I've been reading his new book, The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream. He offers a picture of "new plate tectonics" that will make a huge difference in American society in the coming decade. His insights are pertinent to every segment of society, including religious communities that are attempting to understand the emergent generation to whom they wish to deliver their message.
In his research, he has identified four meta-movements that separately and together are redefining the American dream. They are: living with limits, embracing diversity, looking inward, and demanding authenticity. The analysis Zogby presents is fascinating and hope-filled. I commend this book to you if you want a fresh perspective on where we seem to be headed and why.