Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, discusses his new book – The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife – and the encore years with Radiozine host Crystal Leighty.
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Low-income housing communities for seniors in Santa Barbara, Calif., have computers with Internet access in their community rooms. However, there is no free, one-on-one computer instruction in those communities for residents with little or no computer experience. For seniors who lack access to transportation, attending free classes at libraries, colleges and elsewhere is not a viable alternative. And some seniors feel out of place in the structured environment of formal classrooms.
The aging population is almost never out of the news, but the fact that we're all living longer, is always seen as a problem. But while older people are presented as a threat, they are also widely ignored. As Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman argues in his new book, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, we need gap years for grown-ups, more backing for midlife entrepreneurs and internships to help boomers make the transition from one stage of life to another.
We all know that Americans are getting older and living longer. But there are many reasons for believing that an age apocalypse won’t arrive. Like your grandfather’s Oldsmobile, the image of an America debilitated by age belongs to a different economy and an earlier generation. Don’t take my word for it. Pick up a copy of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife by Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures.
By the time the boomers are done with it, old age is likely to be a very different beast than when they found it. Some, like Marc Freedman, author of The Big Shift, argue that a new life stage will have emerged. Just as adolescence became a household concept in the early 20th century, so too will this as-yet-unnamed period – starting somewhere around 55 and continuing roughly through one’s mid-80s – become synonymous with a particular mode of life.
Marc Freedman is a natural storyteller, deep researcher and forward thinker. The founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, he’s banging the drum for deep-seated social and cultural change to accommodate a new stage of life for the years between midlife and old age. In his new book, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, he says of the boomers facing this stage: “This group constitutes what may be the largest group in society, entering a period that could approximate half their adult lives.”
With his new book, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman not only wants to name a new phase of life – after your main income-producing career ends but before complete retirement begins. He wants to align public policy, communities, education, employers and individuals for success. Writer Cali Williams Yost interviews Freedman about the meaning and importance of encore careers for boomers in this life stage.
Marc Freedman Brings `The Big Shift' to Philadelphia
04/12/2011 - 11:20:17am
On April 5, 75 people filled a conference room in the National Constitution Center to think about how an engaged citizenry can do work that helps realize the Founding Fathers’ vision of “a more perfect Union.”