John Della Volpe

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  • Director of Polling, Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics
  • Founder and CEO, SocialSphere Inc.
  • Author of 'FIGHT: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America'
  • Leading Authority on Global Sentiment, Opinion, and Influence in the Digital and Social Media Age



Youth expert, pollster, strategist, and bestselling author John Della Volpe is the Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, where he leads polling initiatives on understanding American youth. Della Volpe was referred to by the Washington Post as one of the world’s leading authorities on global sentiment, opinion, and influence, and is the Founder of SocialSphere, a public opinion and analytics company. His new book, an Amazon Editor’s Pick for “Best Nonfiction,” Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America, is an impeccable investigation into how Generation Z – those born in the 1990s and early 2000s – are rising to the unprecedented challenges of their time to take control of their country and our future. The recipient of an Eisenhower Fellowship, his research focus is data-based as well as qualitative, and he has advised heads of state, military generals, and blue-chip brands around the world, unlocking the secrets to winning the hearts, minds, and loyalty of Gen Z.

Della Volpe was appointed to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on Media in 2011, and serves as senior advisor and pollster to President Joe Biden. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, and more, and he appears regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe offering his insights and strategies for engaging the Millennial generation.

 

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John Della Volpe brought critical insight to educators and mental health professionals about the state of mind of young people throughout the country at our annual conference on suicide. He delivered his well-documented information through a sensitive lens that gave important guidance to those concerned about the well-being of our younger generations. His keynote speech received rave reviews from our attendees and we look forward to having him back to speak at one of our conferences again.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted John Della Volpe
  • BNY Mellon
  • Politico
  • Swiss Media Forum
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Harvard Medical School
  • National Hockey League
  • U.S. Department of State: Bureau of International Information Programs (Korea, Hong Kong, Canada)
  • ITSMA: 20th Annual Conference
  • SocialMedia.org: Brands-Only Summit
  • St. Anselm College: New Hampshire Institute of Politics
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Be Not Afraid, Help Gen Z Help You

The next great generation, Zoomers are nothing, if not distrustful of institutions, industry, and the status quo. They can be your worst enemy, or your best friend, and it all depends on you--the signals you send and the relationship you're willing to build with them. John Della Volpe, Harvard youth ...

The next great generation, Zoomers are nothing, if not distrustful of institutions, industry, and the status quo. They can be your worst enemy, or your best friend, and it all depends on you--the signals you send and the relationship you're willing to build with them. John Della Volpe, Harvard youth expert, author of the acclaimed new book FIGHT, and advisor to heads of state, military generals, and blue-chip brands around the world, unlocks the secrets to winning the hearts, minds, and loyalty of Gen Z.

Meet the Values Generation

Well before many have settled into careers or paid off their college loans, Generation Z was forced to confront the missteps and unfinished business of those who came before. Income inequality, climate change, systemic racism, mass shootings, political violence--and now the untold effects of a globa ...

Well before many have settled into careers or paid off their college loans, Generation Z was forced to confront the missteps and unfinished business of those who came before. Income inequality, climate change, systemic racism, mass shootings, political violence--and now the untold effects of a global pandemic are all adding up to record levels of depression and anxiety. But rather than turning away to let others address these issues, Harvard's John Della Volpe, author of FIGHT, illustrates how Zoomers are leaning in and re-making America in their own image. Through the fear and fog present in their day-to-day lives, Zoomers are building a nation that reflects their values: fairness, flexibility, and a responsibility to leave their country and the planet in a better place for future generations.

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<p><strong>Youth expert John Della Volpe’s new book Fight is the <em>“definitive account of America’s next great generation”</em></strong></p>

Youth expert John Della Volpe’s new book Fight is the “definitive account of America’s next great generation”

Referred to as “the GOAT political researcher when it comes to understanding youth,” renowned pollster, strategist, and Director of Polling at the Harvard Kenney School Institute of Politics JOHN DELLA VOLPE’s new book Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America is an impeccable investigation into the issues that matter most to young people, and how they will shape the future. Drawing on his vast experience in data-based research as well as decades of conversations with young people, Publisher’s Weekly called the book, “perceptive and informative,” saying, “this is the rare sociological study that manages to inspire.” An expert strategist, Della Volpe has acted an advisor to heads of state, military generals, and blue-chip brands around the world, offering authoritative insights about understanding and engaging with the Millennial and Zoomer generations.

Della Volpe is a credible voice in an age of digital and social media and hyper partisan politics, offering a rare, data-supported understanding of how Generation Z – those born in the 1990s and early 2000s – are rising to the unprecedented challenges of their time to take control of their country and our future. His book has been called "the definitive account of America's next great generation," and "a great read with a tremendous amount of learning for anyone in the business of marketing, selling, or otherwise engaging with the most exciting generation in decades."

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John Della Volpe is the Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, where he has led polling initiatives on understanding American youth since 2000. Referred to as the "GOAT political researcher when it comes to understanding youth," John's new book, FIGHT, How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America, has been called "the definitive account of America's next great generation," and "a great read with a tremendous amount of learning for anyone in the business of marketing, selling, or otherwise engaging with the most exciting generation in decades." John appears regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and has been featured in many national media outlets including The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He is the founder and CEO of SocialSphere, Inc., a public opinion research company headquartered in Massachusetts, and was a senior advisor and pollster to Joe Biden's 2020 campaign for president.