The Saeculum Decoded
A Blog by Neil Howe



Neil Howe is a renowned author and speaker on economic, demographic, and social change in America. He is the nation’s leading authority on today’s generations: who they are, what motivates them, and how they will shape America’s future. Howe coined the term “Millennial Generation” and has written over a dozen books on generations, many of them with William Strauss, including Generations (1991), The Fourth Turning (1997), Millennials Rising (2000), and most recently, Millennials in the Workplace (2010).

Howe and Strauss’ first book, Generations, is a history of America told as a sequence of generational biographies. Vice President Al Gore called it “the most stimulating book on American history that I have ever read” and sent a copy to every member of Congress. Newt Gingrich called it “an intellectual tour de force.” Of their book The Fourth Turning, Dan Yankelovich said, “Immensely stimulating…We will never be able to think about history in the same way.” The Boston Globe wrote, “If Howe and Strauss are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets.”

Howe is also a recognized authority on global aging, long-term fiscal policy, and migration. Most recently, he authored The Graying of the Great Powers (2008) and helped develop the new field of “political demography.” With Peter G. Peterson, Howe co-authored On Borrowed Time (1989; reissued 2004), a pioneering call for budgetary reform. He later served as senior policy advisor to Blackstone Group and has testified on entitlement reform many times before Congress. Howe is currently a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Global Aging Institute, both in Washington D.C. He has co-authored numerous studies for CSIS (including the Aging Vulnerability Index and pioneering studies on pension reform in China and South Korea).

Howe received his B.A. at U.C. Berkeley, studied abroad in France and Germany, and later earned graduate degrees in economics (M.A., 1978) and history (M.Phil., 1979) from Yale University.


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  • Mags-zenn

    What is NEXT? An artist generation…called Generation Alpha? I am passsionate about early childhood growth and education. The new generation 200?- if it’s 2006 and after- then my school is full of the new generation children. There is a huge devide between Gen X parents and Millennials- The books blogs etc are really helpful for info on parents…but what about the children?

    • Dave Sohigian

      I think the “new” generation you are refering to is called the “Homelanders”. I have seen other places where Neil has said that they started with children born after 2004, so that means starting with your typical age 1st grader right now. They are different than Millennials but the parents are the important focus right now because Gen X parents can be so very challenging (I am one, so I know!). When these kids get older you may see more of their generational character but for now they are over-protected by their parents and their true character will take time to develop.