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An Honor From the Schwab Foundation

I’m pleased to announce some wonderful news for Encore.org and for the idea of channeling passion and purpose into the greater good. The Schwab Foundation
for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland, announced that Encore.org is one of the global winners of the 2014 Social Entrepreneur award.

The award is granted "in recognition of...innovative approaches and potential for global impact." I am honored that the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum have placed Encore.org


Have You Got Your Second Wind?

In America’s youth, we loved older people. The early European settlers wore white wigs and cut their clothes to affect a hunched-over posture. In the early census, Americans lied and said they were older than their actual years. A popular saying of the day, “a hoary head is a crown of gold,” captured the Puritans’ reverence for the elders of the tribe. They believed living to a ripe old age wasn’t only unusual but also a sign from the divine, a sign of grace.


The Wall Street Journal – Find Yourself Later in Life by Serving Others

Those of us approaching retirement, and many of those already there, often reflect on the meaning of their lives. Many find that meaning through serving others. I wrote a piece on the subject for the Encore section of The Wall Street Journal, which you’ll find below. I also encourage you to visit the WSJ site and join the discussion.


Harvard Business Review – The Dangerous Myth of Reinvention

This year the youngest of the Baby Boomers will turn 50, a landmark in the demographic transformation of American society that makes all the more urgent questions about how best to tap the time, talent, and experience of millions flooding into the second half of life. In my view, it’s time for a new narrative about this period, a story that is both credible and aspirational, at once personally compelling and societally sustainable.


Purpose, legacy and life's Big Questions

In a ceremony this Thursday in the San Francisco Bay Area, Encore.org will award the 2013 Purpose Prizes to seven extraordinary individuals who have embarked on second acts that help solve some of the world’s toughest problems. They may be remarkable, but they are not alone. As many as 9 million Americans have moved into second acts for the greater good, with tens of millions more contemplating doing the same.


Meet the 2013 Purpose Prize Winners

It's a great honor to unveil the stories of our seven inspirational Purpose Prize winners for 2013. These individuals come from all walks of life, but hold one thing in common: each is changing the world in what was once seen as the 'leftover' years. Through this important work they are simultaneously transforming perceptions about what is possible when the power of social innovation is joined with the unique value of experience.


A New Vision for Midlife and Beyond

You’ve most likely encountered Prudential's Day One stories campaign, telling us we need to prepare for a seemingly endless retirement. On billboards and bus posters, in radio and television ads, Prudential says we’ll be retired for 6,000 days – or many more – after working for 12,000. The financial services company’s campaign amounts to scenario planning through the rear view mirror – bolting the new longevity (longer, healthier lives) to the old retirement lifestyle. This retrograde vision is neither sustainable, nor attainable – and it isn't desirable.


The $100,000 Purpose Prize – 2013 Nominations Open Now

The Purpose Prize honors individuals making a monument out of what many consider the leftover years, not only finding personal meaning but doing creative and entrepreneurial work aimed at solving fundamental problems facing the nation and the world today.

All in their 60s and beyond, these pioneers have built upon the experiences that have shaped their lives to improve others’ lives.


An Encore in Teach For America? Absolutely!

I've long felt that the encore movement needed its own Teach For America, a social innovation so powerful that it not only helped a significant number of individuals transition into work with real social impact – but changed the culture in the process.


Meet our 2013 Purpose Prize Winners!

With decades of energy and passion ahead of them, seven people in their encore careers have won the 2013 Purpose Prize® – two winners will receive $100,000 each and five winners will receive $25,000 each – for improving their communities and the world.


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