Social Media 101 for Boomers

If you’ve ever thought, “Hmmm, I ought to learn more about social media,” consider this blog post your toe in the water.

I'm a millennial and my job at Civic Ventures ( includes handling social media. Some of you are already familiar with social media. I hope I can make the rest of you comfortable enough to venture in.

Advice for Your Encore

Sometimes the hardest part about preparing for an encore career in the nonprofit sector is knowing where to begin.

The second hardest part? Selling yourself.

I hope these resources are just what you need to get over the hump.

News that hiring in nonprofit organizations could be picking up may provide an incentive to consider a career change. However, the transition from working in the for-profit world to a nonprofit career is not always an easy switch. Marci Alboher, vice president at Civic Ventures, offers many suggestions, insights and resources to help you shift to a nonprofit career.

Brands are beginning to establish best practices communicating with their customers and prospects on Facebook and Twitter. But many companies large and small have yet to fully leverage the social network for professionals, LinkedIn. Civic Ventures, a non-profit think tank on boomers, work and social purpose, uses a LinkedIn group to showcase its organization. The tiny non-profit has managed to attract over 1,200 people to the group in a short period of time.

The Joys and Challenges of Pursuing the Work You Love

The vision is compelling. The journey’s not always smooth. What does it take to stay the course?

Start: 10/02/2011 - 7:00 p.m.
End: 10/02/2011 - 9 p.m.

Discover, Design and Engage

Discover, Design and Engage is Life by Design NW's signature course. It's a great place to start for people who want to retire, are in the midst of retiring, looking for work or re-careering.

Start: 09/30/2011
End: 12/07/2011

Five online resources for encore career seekers

Looking for work is never easy. Looking for meaningful work when you’re over 50, it’s August, and unemployment is at record levels – well, you need all the tools (and friends) you can get.

So here are five online sources I think you’ll find useful if you’re beginning to look for an encore career – or have a friend who is.

More than half of American workers say they plan to keep on working in retirement. That finding from a recent survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies may sound like a contradiction in terms. If so, it's a contradiction that could pay significant dividends. A good retirement plan should aim to assure financial security over a retirement that that could last 20 years or more. An encore career can play a key part.

Do you think of yourself as "young old"? Are you one of the "working retired"? If so, you're in what author Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, calls the "oxymoronic years." With people living healthier, longer lives, Freedman's book argues for creating a map of life that includes a new stage between the middle years and true old age.

Everybody knows that once you hit 50 in Silicon Valley you're pretty much finished. If you're in your 50s in the valley, you're most likely in a defensive crouch, waiting for the latest economic storm to blow over and wishing your kids would just graduate from college already and start paying their own bills. Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, has been working for years to change that sort of thinking.

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