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By Tom Allen

Four years ago, I traded in my life for a revised version. After 30 years of practicing law and, more importantly, raising three sons, I decided it was time to do something radically different. So I moved to Rwanda, Africa.

When I am among visitors, sooner or later the question always comes up: What brought you to Rwanda? Sometimes there seems to be a tinge of unspoken suspicion: "What are you running/hiding from?" I don't get defensive, though I suppose that we are all running from or to something. The more important question is, “Do we ever succeed?”

Purpose Prize fellow Andy Harris is finding fulfillment in his encore career. He developed a college course designed to give U.S. medical professionals a chance to provide care in poor countries overseas. It also enables them to provide care locally – in free medical clinics for the uninsured where course participants volunteer one evening per week.

Editor’s note: This essay by Paul Young, president and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association, originally appeared on a National AfterSchool Association blog.

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The use of technology has allowed us to multi-task, speak to friends and family in far away lands and shop til we drop, but you should think twice before you use mobile technology to apply for open positions. Here’s why:

1. Lack of Customization
Mobile apps are meant for speed, so when you see a position you like while on the go, all you have to do is press “send resume.”

But that kind of rapid response won’t help you in your job search.

When retired ophthalmologist W. Andrew Harris wanted to use his skills to help people in developing nations, he needed a refresher on primary care. And he needed to learn how to treat people in poor, potentially dangerous regions.

Finding no sufficient options for training, he created his own: Professionals Training in Global Health, a course at Oregon Health & Science University's Global Health Center.

Editor's note: We often get asked to define the encore movement. At its core, the movement aims to engage millions of people in encore careers – work that combines social impact, personal meaning and continued income. We call it “purpose, passion and a paycheck.”

But as Ruth Wooden, board chair of Encore.org publisher Civic Ventures, points out in her eloquent essay below, the movement means much more.

After a long, distinguished military career, Army Col. Paul Yingling will be eligible for attractive retirement benefits in just two years. But that’s not enough to make him stay.

He’s ready for an encore, and he’s going for it.

Since yesterday’s announcement that Intel has become the first company to offer Encore Fellowships to all of its U.S. employees approaching retirement, major media have shown major interest.

Intel is the first company to make Encore Fellowships – paid, part-time, yearlong assignments working at local nonprofits – available to all of its eligible pre-retiree employees nationwide.

It’s a bold move that could signal a sea change in corporate retirement benefits and bring a new wave of talent into the nonprofit sector.

LEARN ABOUT THE BIG SHIFT

In his book – The Big Shift – Encore.org founder and CEO Marc Freedman
argues that though we’re getting older, most of us are not getting old … at least not yet.
About the Big ShiftAbout Marc Freedman