Below is a list of Blog entries on Encore.org

Janet Oh
06/05/2012 - 5:26am

I’m amazed at the great ideas that people carry around in their back pockets, hoping one day to get a chance to bring them to life. For 15 people, all over 50, that day is nearly here.

The 15 finalists in this month's Marigold Ideas for Good Contest have long wanted to right a wrong, open up worlds for young people, or make things better for those who need a break. Today they need your vote.

06/04/2012 - 11:53am

Purpose Prize winner Arlene Blum, whose research and advocacy led to a ban on a toxic fire retardant in children's sleepwear, has recently lent her expertise to two major media outlets.

06/04/2012 - 6:30am

By Maggie Jackson

In a new world of elongated lives and career fluidity, we need to have patience – with ourselves.

That was perhaps the most poignant and startling point articulated by a panel on “Second Careers, Doing Good” held recently at my Yale college reunion. I put together the event to explore the trepidation and the liberation that we all seem to feel about the gift of a longer life.

Like other boomers, we are eagerly planning or pursuing new careers, which often involve social impact. But reshaping our lives doesn’t occur with push-button speed or ease.

05/31/2012 - 5:28am

The cable news channel CNN recently named Purpose Prize winner Connie Siskowski one of its 2012 CNN Heroes – "everyday people changing the world."

CNN selected Siskowski for her compassionate and innovative work in helping youths care for aging, disabled or ill family members.

05/24/2012 - 7:02am

Meredith McKenzie left the real estate industry in fits and starts as she struggled to switch careers and follow her passion: river conservation.

At 55, she traded her expensive California beach house for a 300-square-foot converted garage, living like a grad student. Maybe an undergrad.

05/22/2012 - 11:45am

Myth: Innovation is the province of the young.

Reality: Millions of Americans 50 and older are starting their own enterprises.

When jobs are hard to find and gray-haired applicants don't feel entirely welcome, many in midlife are drawing from their experience and creativity to become entrepreneurs.

05/18/2012 - 9:34am

By Louisa B. Hellegers

About two years ago, I was leafing through The New York Times when my mother called. The conversation went like this:

“Have you read today’s paper yet?”

“Just reading it now.”

“You have to read the Style section; there’s an article about an organization that has your name on it!”

05/16/2012 - 7:47am

All of a sudden, there are movies about life beyond midlife.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy – has quickly become a critical and box office hit.

Don’t forget Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in Larry Crowne, Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt in Late Bloomers, and, next year, Tina Fey in The Intern, playing the founder of a fashion company who mentors a 70-something intern bored with retirement.

What gives?

05/14/2012 - 11:09am

Laura Vanderkam has developed a bit of a specialty in convincing people they have more than they think they do. In her last book, 168 Hours, she did it with time. In her latest, All the Money in the World, she focuses on money.

05/09/2012 - 11:43am


The AACC Plus 50 Initiative is now accepting applications for its Plus 50 Encore Completion grants program. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, June 22, 2012 by 5pm ET. To learn more, click here.


05/08/2012 - 1:03pm

If you’re one of the 31 million people ages 44 to 70 who would like to find an encore career combining purpose, passion and a paycheck, Encore.org can help.

Encore.org isn’t a job matching service, but we have compiled and recently updated a hefty list of websites and resources that we hope will help you get started. Take a look here.

You’ll find:

  • Ten links to websites that list a wide range of job openings.
04/24/2012 - 6:09am

Editor's note: This essay first appeared on the Harvard Business Review's website. Find, and comment on, the original here.

04/09/2012 - 12:51pm

I don’t often get to write about movies, as much as I love them.

But today I’m writing to let you know about a beautiful re-coming-of-age movie, starring Judi Dench, Tom Wilkerson, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, along with Dev Patel, the young star of Slumdog Millionaire.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is about adventure, love and purpose in the encore years. If you love to laugh and travel – and are wondering what’s next in your life – you’re in for a treat.

04/09/2012 - 12:06pm

I was so impressed with Marc Freedman's last book, Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life, that I left my work as a journalist to help build the movement for encore careers for the greater good.

03/29/2012 - 9:32pm

We’ve long understood encore careers as a win-win – a windfall of talent for social purposes and a boost to individuals’ financial security through continued income.

An event at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., Thursday explored whether there is a third win as well – economic growth, deficit reduction and the preservation of Social Security’s fiscal health.

03/23/2012 - 10:47am

Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha – authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Start-Up of You – are hosting a live, hourlong webcast in which they will discuss how you can accelerate your career today.

The session will be held Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. PST. Click here to register. (You will receive the webcast link after registration.)

03/21/2012 - 9:00am

What’s the biggest challenge for midlife career changers seeking work for the greater good?

If you guessed finances, you’d be right.

03/21/2012 - 9:00am

After decades in real estate, Dave Hughes was ready for his encore career. He applied for jobs at nonprofit organizations near his new home in eastern Oregon, hoping to capitalize on his years of church volunteer work. He got no offers.

“We needed the additional income,” he says. “My wife told me, ‘Get a job now.’” So Hughes took a three-month job at the local Walmart, which led to a promotion to receiving manager.

03/13/2012 - 12:16pm

Did you know that over half – 57 percent – of the more than 10 million nonprofit jobs in the U.S. are in health care?

And that health care will generate millions of new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry?

03/13/2012 - 7:28am

My Twitter ‘hatch date’ (when I joined Twitter) was Sept. 20, 2009. Back then, it was a fairly new social networking platform, and I frequently found myself asking, “What’s the point?” As I approach my third anniversary, I’ve learned quite a bit from this new medium of online communication.

If you’re a boomer who has decided to brave the vast Twitterverse, here’s my list of the top five things I wish I knew when I started.