“Let’s Do the Numbers’: Metrics and Maturation of Digital Media in Emerging Markets. One of the central storylines of Anita Verna Crofts’ culminating Seattle Arts and Lecture talk addresses the “demographic dividend” that many emerging market countries possess: namely, the significantly young populations who can drive economic growth as they enter the workforce.
However, a young population alone does not guarantee success. Certain stars must align in governance, education, and employment opportunities. Countries that are home to large youth populations and have limited infrastructure or jobs opportunities find themselves in challenging situations where they have millions of under employed and unemployed youth. Some of these youth are educated and some not—and if there are no jobs to focus their talents then unrest can occur, and often does. Again, it comes back to the human capacity on the ground.