Robb Smith, CEO & Entrepreneur

“The Millennials: Perfectly Prepared for a World that No Longer Exists.”

Robb is a social entrepreneur who works on “transformational era” systems at the intersection of human development, education, spiritual understanding and civilizational sustainability. He holds a uniquely grand view of what’s happening in the world today and what makes Millennials unique.

We get into nothing short of the future of the world economy, human happiness, and where we’re heading in the next 5-6 decades.

Some quotes:

“Gen X was able to anchor their individuation, in their teens, 20’s and early 30’s, in careers, a stable and booming economy, a world that wasn’t chaotic, and where there wasn’t constant social comparison. What’s fascinating and tragic about the Millennials is that they’re being asked to individuate without a firm place to do it.  Values are dispersed, meaning is relative, capitalism is in crisis, and social comparison is infinite and on-demand vis-à-vis Facebook.

Millennials are getting all of the messaging of having won the economic and social wars of the 20th Century, and the luxury of having a crisis of meaning, of worrying about existential issues instead of survival ones. At the same time, they have to compete with a billion Chinese and a billion Indians, with a contracting economic reality, and with many other challenges they simply have not been equipped to deal with.”

Plus here what Robb tells his own children about their place in the world, and what the Millennials, Gen X, and the rest of us can do to find a way out of this.

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4 Responses to “Robb Smith, CEO & Entrepreneur”

  1. Bill Wilder July 26, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Fascinating and very important discussion here on the emerging new economy. Keith I loved your authentic and pinpointed leading of the interview. I left wanting more which says a lot given most interviews I hear are too gimmicky or trying to sell me something or give too much content and fluff. Keep them coming….

    • admin_of_all July 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      Thank you, Bill — truth be told, I was utterly engrossed in that conversation. Robb really threw down some serious insight!


  2. David Zeitler July 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    Paraphrasing Robb (12:44 – 15:44):
    “The 1960’s countercultural revolution was basically one of luxury. Because questions of ‘resources’ or pure economic livelihood were no longer the primary motivation… those ‘kids’ could focus on questions of ‘meaning’.”

    Howard Bloom is a virtuoso in “The Genius of the Beast” (chapter 64 & 65, pp. 383 – 389), where he shows how Karl Marx himself was essentially the first countercultural revolutionary of the ilk that Robb is speaking about.

    It’s a wonderful resonance between two brilliant capitalists!

    • admin_of_all July 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

      Great connection, David. Thanks for sharing it!


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