Tomás Jocelyn-Holt

Tomás Jocelyn-Holt

Tomás Jocelyn-Holt is among the most famous public figures in Chile. He is an academic who has introduced multiple outside-the-box ideas and theories which have gained widespread acceptance. He has written important articles published in some of the most prestigious global academic journals. He ran twice run for the Presidency of Chile. While he didn’t win either election, his candidacies have significantly expanded his fame in Chile and in other countries, especially in Latin America. He has been a member of the editorial board of the prominent newspaper La Época and a columnist for the popular magazine Ercilla.

Tomás Jocelyn-Holt on Gen Jones:

Born in 1963, Tomas strongly connects to his Generation Jones identity. Even though his background and formative experiences were primarily in a Latin American context, the global common denominators among Jonesers in various countries fit for him as well. He has publicly written and spoken about Gen Jones, and its cultural, economic and political implications. He has often and emphatically proclaimed that he is part of Gen Jones, as he does here in February 2024: “¿No se nota? 61 bien vividos.. Soy un Generation Jones Boomer.” He also wrote in February 2024 about Gen Jonesers’ attitudes about their surrounding generations: “Es que tú y yo, querido Javier, somos “the last of the Boomers”, Generation Jones Boomers.. X eso no toleramos a los primeros Boomers (SPiñera, @evelynmatthei).. Fuimos +competitivos y nos tocó las dificultades d’los ’70. Fuimos <ingenuos. X eso tampoco nos encandilan los X. [Translation: “It’s just that you and I, dear Javier, are “the last of the Boomers”, Generation Jones Boomers.. That’s why we don’t tolerate the first Boomers (SPiñera, @evelynmatthei).. We were +competitive and we faced the difficulties of the ’70s. We were <naive. X that doesn’t dazzle us either.”] In April 2024, he wrote about his pride in being part of Gen Jones: “Todos los Boomers nacieron después de WWII (1946-’64) y, de hecho, yo soy de la última horneada, los Generation Jones Boomers. No solo no me acompleja… No pretendo ser el paño de lágrimas de gente que les tiene envidia. Pa’eso está @sebastiansichel.” [Translation: “All Boomers were born after WWII (1946-’64) and, in fact, I am one of the latest batch, the Generation Jones Boomers. Not only does it not make me self-conscious… I do not intend to be the source of tears for people who are envious of them. That’s what it is for @sebastiansichel.”]

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Neil Howe

Neil Howe is an award-winning Yale historian who has written nine highly-influential books about generations. His work is embraced by widely-divergent figures: US Vice President Al Gore called Howe’s book Generations the most stimulating book on American history he’d ever read and sent a copy to each member of Congress, while Trump strategist Steve Bannon made a film based on Howe’s book The Fourth Turning.

Neil Howe on Gen Jones:
Neil has written and spoken publicly about Generation Jones numerous times. For example, in this July 2020 article titled: “Trendspotting: What Is Gen Jones?”, he wrote: “Imagine a generation that combined all of the surly rebelliousness and downward economic mobility of late-wave Boomers with the blunt pragmatism and low collective self-esteem of first-wave Xers. Actually, there is such a generation…Its name is “Generation Jones,” a label invented by Jonathan Pontell, and it includes all Americans born in the late 1950s and early 1960s… Jonesers are different from early-wave Boomers: They fared much worse economically and have long leaned conservative… These differences have since stood the test of time. Americans today around age 60 are significantly more conservative than Americans today around age 70–and, as governors and members of Congress, are significantly more likely to be Republican. In surveys, this group is a noteworthy exception to the rule that voters always become more progressive as they become younger…Musically, they came of age with the Ramones and the Clash–not with the Beatles or Simon and Garfunkle. Politically, they were shaped by stagflation and the Reagan Revolution of 1980–not by Vietnam and the Cambodian Invasion of 1970. Religiously, they were less likely ever to attend a mainstream church and have since been more likely either to attend no church all or to become “born again.”…There are other differences compared to first-wave Boomers. For example, they married later and were more likely never to marry. Joneser women are much more likely to be childless….Overall, this is the group–not later-born Xers or Millennials–that represented the first steep cohort decline in the share of Americans who end up meeting or exceeding their parents’ income by age 30 or 50…What explains these contrasts? Probably, one simple fact: The sweeping cultural revolutions that arrived in America from the mid-’60s on–divorce, drugs, protests, sexual liberation, and rock ‘n roll–hit first-wave Boomers on their way to college, but they hit Jonesers in childhood, often early childhood…So they became the traumatized fans of the Brady Bunch, yearning–maybe even “Jonesing”–for nothing more than to rediscover the close family they missed.”

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Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman is an influential writer whose thinking-outside-the-box ideas have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, GQ and many other prominent publications. His bestselling paradigm-busting book NeuroTribes was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Economist,  Financial Times, The Guardian, among many others. Friends with counterculture legends like David Crosby and Alan Ginsberg, Steve and his work have been discussed on many prestige media outlets, including: BBC and Newsweek.

Steve Silberman on Gen Jones:
In July 2022, Steve tweeted to his over 150,000 Twitter followers: “When younger folks call you a Boomer, do you flinch, because you were born later and had a very different experience from “leading edge” Boomers? Do you feel like you grew up JUST missing the party? #GenerationJones…” After this tweet initiated a robust Gen Jones discussion, Steve noted: “Notice how conversations between members of Generation Jones inevitably become entangled with David Cassidy’s sex life.”

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Edward Hasbrouck

Edward Hasbrouck is a widely-renowned, award-winning travel journalist, author and consumer advocate who thinks outside-the-box. He has led a quite unusual life as a result. He has traveled around the world three times – by foot, plane, donkey cart, train, bicycle and rickshaw — and is the author of the classic travel book The Practical Nomad, now in its 5th edition. He plays a pivotal role with The Identity Project, and generally advocates for consumer rights in a variety of contexts. He has appeared extensively in the media. He’s appeared as a guest on shows on netwroks like PBS, CNN, NBC, NPR and Voice of America. He was featured in a BBC documentary. His work has been discussed in many publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian (U.K.), Le Monde (France), Heise (Germany), Zeit (Germany), Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Business Week, National Geographic, and The New Yorker.

Edward Hasbrouck on Gen Jones:
Edward is a proud member of Generation Jones, and has spoken and written about Gen Jones multiple times, like in April 2022, when he wrote: “…before you generalize about “Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) “, please realize that many of us in Generation Jones (1955-1964) don’t consider ourselves “Baby Boomers.”

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