Writer. Filmmaker. Speaker. Storyteller. Millennial.



David is a contributor to Fast Company where he writes about social entrepreneurship, disruptive innovation, film, television, and creativity. Some of his notable interviews include: Nick Kristof, Rachel Maddow, Wael Ghonim, Vince Gilligan, David Chase, Amy Berg, Danny Meyer, Anna Maria Chavez, Peter Jackson, Damien Echols, Tom Hooper, and Terence Winter. Previously for Fast Company, David created, wrote, and managed a series called The Change Generation, a series of 20 profiles of millennial changemakers including Blake Mycoskie, Scott Harrison, and Lauren Bush Lauren among others.

He’s also a columnist for the Huffington Post. Below are some of his most recent articles.

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The eel which came second to last, had the lightest touch of wasabi between the fish and the rice. In one fluid motion, Jiro painted it with the sauce and put the sushi down in front of me. Eel is one of my favorite sushi dishes and I had never tasted anything like this eel before. [...]

People in my generation need to step up to the plate to run for office. While many of us have become social innovators and entrepreneurs, hardly any of us are running for public office. [...]

Unlike traditional higher education institutions which have to focus on rankings and faculty publication rates or start-up incubators which have to focus on exits and financing, Exosphere's only mandate is to focus on the whole student. [...]

In the U.S. alone there are 80 million Millennials, who are expected to account for 50 percent of the workforce by 2020. Here are three things you can to do rethink the role of Millennials in your company, making them happier and more productive, while achieving wins for your company. [...]

One book called us the "dumbest generation." Another cast Millennials as a breeding ground for an "epidemic" of narcissism. These views ignore many realities about this generation. [...]

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Girls is not its content, but its creator. Love her or hate her, Dunham at 26 typifies the ability and power of this generation. You might say this is a generation with more Lena Dunhams than Hannah Horvaths. [...]

Today being authentic actually means you have to be naturally authentic. So make the Millennial consumer the manager, but not just with titular influence -- put them at the center of the strategy and the campaign. If it's for Millennials it should be by Millennials. [...]

We've responded to all these events by becoming a generation of pragmatic idealists who believe that we have both the opportunity and the obligation to leave the world in better shape than we found it. So why is there so little Millennial representation in Congress? [...]

Arguably, no single company has ever been so closely bound up with a generation in the way that Facebook is with the millennials. [...]

I first met David Jones at the One Young World summit in Zurich where I saw these principles in action. I recently spoke with him about Who Cares Wins and his overall argument that holds that in the 21st century, businesses need to "do good" and "do well" in order to survive and thrive. [...]

Sitting in a private room at Claridges Hotel in London, you wouldn't know that Bernd Beetz has had a hand in shaping just about every major perfume, fragrance and beauty product around the world in the past ten years. [...]

We're the first generation to spend all of our grown years in a world where connecting to people from all over the world, instantly and constantly, seems normal and natural. [...]

I took a gap year and it actually changed my life. Although, I initially resisted the idea, wanting to stay "on track," I soon realized that this wouldn't "set me back" at all. [...]


Ignorance is a major issue facing our democracy and it is a bipartisan epidemic. But the real culprit in political ignorance is our education system. [...]

Film matters. As a culture, we need good films, it's central to our way of life, our exchange of ideas, and our basic social interactions. [...]

I had the chance to witness firsthand as TOMS gave away their one millionth pair of shoes on a September trip in Argentina. [...]

It's not often that you get to witness our society changing before your eyes. Last week I had the extraordinary opportunity to do just that. [...]

The New York Times article, "What Is It About 20-Somethings" has missed the amazing success stories of so many in this generation, and the unprecedented levels of accomplishment and achievement of so many of its members. [...]

While Wilmington, Ohio may not be on a lot of New Yorkers lists of top tourist destinations, I had one of the most interesting and inspiring holiday weekends of my life. [...]

Here's a little known fact, there is something you can do right now to decrease the national debt: you can make a tax deductible donation that goes directly to pay down the debt. [...]

Finland and France have declared internet access a legal right for all citizens. Here's why I hope the United States and all other countries will follow their and grant internet access as a human right. [...]

By most indicators young people are the most adversely affected age group by the economic crisis, the most at risk when it comes to health care coverage, and the deepest in debt. [...]

Barack Obama might be one of the most normal presidents we have had in years. His connectedness to the real world is one of the things that made him appealing as a candidate. [...]

Embodying the millennial spirit of pragmatic idealism, Pleitez is running a campaign predicated on listening and engaging people at the grassroots level. [...]

In these troubled economic times, with a record government deficit, those engaging in service are more needed than ever. Service can fill the holes that government simply cannot. [...]

If you decide not to vote because you believe your vote doesn't count, you will be one of tens and hundreds of thousands of people in your state who thought the same thing. [...]

We have heard so many wonderful things about Tim Russert over the past few days. But not much has been said of the influence he has had on young people. In fact, young people were among some of his biggest fans. [...]

Americans are coming to understand that issues like the environment and healthcare are long-term inter-generational issues that have much more to do with how we will be living a generation from now. [...]

Young voters visibly exhibited their seriousness and their potential influence over the last week. They spoke through the ballot box and were greeted with results. [...]

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