Encore Nation

Millions of people are living out a distinct and compelling vision of work in the second half of life, and thousands of them are part of Encore Nation. This is the group where Encore.org members can interact with the whole community, introduce themselves, post general comments, make suggestions about the site and share news.

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Health Care Costs and Encore Careers

While our nation debates various proposals for reforming health insurance, older adults are struggling to find coverage that will enable them to pursue encore careers.

Fear of losing health care coverage keeps many workers tethered to jobs they are otherwise ready to leave, inhibiting their ability to launch encore careers. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, those over 50 but not yet eligible for Medicare at 65 face the hardest time getting affordable individual health insurance because of age-related premiums and restrictions on preexisting conditions.

USA Today: For Boomers, recession is redefining retirement

Reporter Christine Dugas highlights many of the big themes, from plunging assets to longer working lives.

Near the end of the piece, she writes:

"While the economic crisis has forced Baby Boomers to rethink retirement, there may be a positive result.

Should Retirement be Abolished?

There's a debate raging on the Economist magazine's website...and 82% of readers voted to abolish retirement in its current form.

More Funding for the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps may expand - good news for individuals seeking encore careers with the organization, which has experienced a surge in applications from people over age 50.

According to blogger Amy Podhast, Congress is scheduled to vote next week on a possible increase in funding that would allow the Peace Corps to expand to 20 countries.

Abundance Farming Project seeks NGOs working with rain dependent farmers, where water scarcity threatens crop survival.

See our 2 minute project video @ www.abundancefarming.org/about.html

AFP seeks Introductions to NGOs working with rain dependent farmers, in regions where water scarcity threatens crop survival and soil porosity limits its water holding capacity.

Gap Years

Having a kid who just considered, then ultimately rejected, a gap year, I
was struck by the similarities between the developing popularity of gap
years and the encore career.

Both start with the people who want to pursue this path - and the people on
the path are quite passionate about it.

For most the motives are mixed - learning, growing, serving, financing,
waiting, etc.

Both have the potential to develop into cultural norms, into a respected
path.

Gap years have spawned a number of industries that either help people find

Job openings and leads from the encore community

Is your organization seeking encore talent? Do you know of an opening that might be of interest to others in the encore community? Use this discussion thread to announce or highlight job opportunities. (This is an interim approach -- we're working with our partners to create better jobs-listing capabilities).

Find Your Encore Career via Facebook

The New York Times tells how Alan Kennedy, 54, found a job without looking, thanks to a former coworker who searched through his Facebook and LinkedIn contacts and flagged him as a possible match.

Times reporter Julie Weed demystifies the online recruitment process in “Finding New Employees, via Social Networks.” You can
read our summary of the article here.

The buzzword now is "encore careers"

The Boston Globe's Irene Sege writes about "A boom in 'encore careers,'" covering the Serve America Act, encore fellowships, the Purpose Prize and Harvard's new Advanced Leadership Institute.

Ending the Taboo on Part-time Federal Jobs

If you work in federal government, it's unlikely you'll be able to ease into retirement with a part-time job. Legislation introduced by Senators Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) could change that.

The bill would make it easier for federal employees to work part time has passed out of the Senator Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and will now move to the full Senate for a vote.

New Database Will Spread Information About Social Entrepreneurs

Peter Panepento of The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports:

What if there was an easy way for the public to get detailed information about the work of some of the world’s most successful social entrepreneurs?

Would it lead to better ideas that could someday solve some of the world’s most pressing problems?

The Skoll Foundation, PopTech, ideablob, and Civic Ventures are about to find out.

Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot's Third Chapter on Bill Moyers' Journal

Bill Moyers interviews Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot, author of THE THIRD CHAPTER: PASSION, RISK, AND ADVENTURE IN THE 25 YEARS AFTER 50.

She explains that the impetus of the book came after a series of what she called "confessional moments" when friends and colleagues started sharing what they were excited about in the new stage of their life.

Encore Career-Spotting

I thought I'd start a thread where we can post random examples of people in their encore careers.

This one comes from Deborah Solomon's interview in yesterday's NYT Magazine interview with James McGreevy, the former governor of New Jersey.

I hear you’re a divinity student these days.
I’m studying at General Theological Seminary.
Which is part of the Episcopal Church, in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Do you want to become a priest?

May 1: Blog about elder economic security!

Encore careers are one of many routes to a more holistic approach to ensuring the economic security of older Americans. To make certain that others understand the importance of encore careers in this holistic approach, please help us spread the word on how your encore career has made a difference in your life and others by blogging about your transition on May 1, during the "Blog About It: Elder Economic Security" event, sponsored by the Elder Economic Security Initiative team at Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW).

New Small Town Economy

At I Support we believe in the power of local businesses to transform communities for the better by working cooperatively toward a shared vision. We imagine cities and towns of every size and political stripe engaged in shared learning to build community assets like sustainable agriculture, safe and effective learning environment, green building, renewable energy, community capital, zero-waste manufacturing and independent retail - what we call the building blocks of living economies.

Live Discussion: Starting and Building a Career in the Nonprofit World

The Chronicle of Philanthropy will host a free online discussion with Shelley Cryer that's designed to help people find and grow in careers in the nonprofit world.

In this tight job market, job seekers face increased competition and need to know how to stand out in the crowd.


Intergenerational cooperation -- or conflict?

The New York Times reports on the "generational battle for jobs, as older workers increasingly compete against applicants in their 20s for positions at supermarkets, McDonald’s and dozens of other places." Reporter Steven Greenhouse concludes, "And older workers seem to be winning."

3 Industries Currently Hiring Older Workers

I ran across this article from US News and World Report and thought that many of you would find it interesting. All three of the industries currently hiring older workers - health care, education, and government - are all potential destinations for encore careerists.

Sacramento: Providing talent as well as money

The first meeting of a new Sacramento-area group, Social Venture Philanthropy, drew more than 50 participants, according to Sacramento Bee columnist Bob Shallit. The group, partnership with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, agreed to raise $500,000 to $1 million this year for about six local education and health care nonprofits.

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