Economic Development, Opportunity

Timothy Will , Foothills Connect
Executive Director
Foothills Connect
Purpose Prize Winner 2009

Tim Will saw that his adopted community - chosen for its stunning beauty - was decaying. Manufacturing jobs, the Appalachian county's economic base, had moved elsewhere, and the area lacked the infrastructure to support new business in a technology-driven world. So Will used his telecommunications background to connect the North Carolina county's agrarian past to a digitally supported future.

Sheila Moore , Center for Nonprofits
Nonprofit Manager
Center for Nonprofits

Editor’s Note: Here is Sheila Moore’s encore story in her own words.

I stood in front of the 20 or so managers in the workshop I facilitated for my corporate client, reminding them of the client's stated corporate mission "to increase income for shareholders," and somehow my enthusiasm for my job at that moment fell flat. How do you engage a group behind a mission like that? Let's work really, really hard so we can put more money in the big guy's pocket?

AGE AND CREATIVITY - Purpose Prize winner Gene Jones, Civic Ventures founder Marc Freedman and the author of Old Masters and Young Geniuses, David Galenson, discuss the link between age and innovation.

MARCIE PITT-CATSOUPHES - How much can a workplace bend? Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Co-Director of the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College, talks about flexibility in the workplace, and the ways it can benefit the older worker.

In 1900, the average American could expect to live to the age of 47.

Today, the figure is 76, with continuing increases anticipated in the new century.

The addition of three decades to the lifespan in less than a hundred years – an increase in longevity greater than the total change over the previous 5,000 years – constitutes one of the most remarkable gifts of the 20th century.

The first of 77 million baby boomers turn 60 in 2006, and the fifty- and forty-somethings are right behind.

As they wind down their primary careers, millions of boomers are determined to apply their experience to make a difference for others. Neither young nor old, they represent an extraordinary pool of social and human capital.

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