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Purpose Prize Fellow 2011
Susan Anderson was a chemist, a housewife, and an artist and arts marketer until 12 years ago, when a trip to Bosnia changed her life. For the first time, she witnessed the destructive effects of war on children and adults firsthand.
“Slowly I closed down my company to pursue a new nonprofit venture that gave greater satisfaction to my life,” she says. In 1999 she founded The ArtReach Foundation Inc., which uses art therapy to help children and adults recover from trauma caused by war, violence and natural disaster.
What Is Retirement, Anyway?
10/07/2011 - 10:56:15am
Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman, author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, eloquently argues that it is now time for society and culture to embrace a new life stage between middle age and old age. This shift, he says on this , is a “pull not only toward a new phase of work but toward a different kind of life and a new set of priorities.”
In Search of Purpose, Passion and a Paycheck: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life
Some of the most inspiring encore stories come from Purpose Prize winners and fellows, people in their 60s and beyond who are tackling society’s toughest problems.
Start: 06/29/2011 - 4 p.m.
End: 06/29/2011 - 6 p.m.
On one hand, “second act” or “encore phase,” is supposed to be a time of giving back to the community, of pursuing one’s passion. On the flip side, there are people who don’t think they’ll ever have enough to retire. “There’s definitely a longevity paradox,” says Marc Freedman, author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife. “The doctor tells you to exercise and eat well, while the editorial pages tell of a long gray wave of greedy geezers who won’t move aside to let younger workers in.”
Tough new economic realities have transformed career reinvention from a virtue into a necessity for millions of older Americans who aren't ready to retire or simply can't afford to quit working. But hard times have not forced many boomers around traditional retirement age to give up dreams of meaningful second careers. Recognizing that trend, Civic Ventures has launched a movement around encore careers with two main themes: second careers with meaning and social entrepreneurship.
Five Encore Stories Rise to the Top for Essay Contest
06/01/2011 - 09:57:08am
We asked for 250 words. You gave us amazing encore stories.
Purpose Prize Winners Star in Sean Penn Documentary
05/31/2011 - 02:36:00pm
In a new documentary produced by Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn, Purpose Prize winner Elizabeth Alderman recalls the horror she felt after she lost her 25-year-old son, Peter, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Inside E Street, an AARP program broadcast on PBS, explores the phase of life in which people entering their 40s, 50s and 60s may find themselves looking for new purpose. When your gut calls for change, what do you do? This segment profiles three people in their encore careers: Meredith McKenzie and Encore Fellows Janet Pretti and Mark Judge.
Eighty percent of cushions used in car seats, portable cribs and other baby furnishings contain chemical flame retardants that can accumulate in babies’ bodies, according to a new study. Co-author Arlene Blum, Purpose Prize winner and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute in Berkeley, Calif., said “it’s hard to believe” that the same chemical that was used in pajamas in the 1970s is now back in use in other baby products.