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Below is a list of Blog entries on Encore.org

05/24/2012 - 8:02am

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 - 12:45pm

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.

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05/18/2012 - 10:34am

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 - 8:47am

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 - 12:09pm

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 - 12:43pm

UPDATE

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.

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05/08/2012 - 2:03pm

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 - 7:09am

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

04/09/2012 - 1:51pm

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 - 1:06pm

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 - 10:32pm

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 - 11:47am

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 - 10:00am

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 - 10:00am

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 - 1:16pm

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 - 8:28am

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.

03/08/2012 - 2:59pm

At an early age I learned how focusing on one’s own position in life, status and property can have devastating consequences. I would not be here today if my very courageous and astute father had not managed to get himself, my mother and I out of the Czech Republic after the Nazis had occupied it. We dropped everything, including a very comfortable home, business and lifestyle.

Regrettably the rest of my large family did not or could not follow his example and paid for it with their lives.

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03/01/2012 - 8:26am

Priscilla Santiago of Bridgeport, Conn., is a mother of three, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of five. At 63, she was also one of the oldest students to receive a bachelor's degree from Post University in 2011. Santiago left high school at 16 after a devastating sexual assault. Laid off from her job at age 59, she reinvented her life. She spoke with Huff/Post50 editor Laura Rowley.

02/29/2012 - 8:46am

As I said in a recent blog post, Twitter has a tendency to confuse millennials and boomers alike. Users are required to truncate thoughts to 140 characters (or less) and attempt to follow a never-ending stream of random conversation (or tweets) from people they may or may not know. It can be overwhelming.

02/22/2012 - 4:54pm

Social media can be a bit like Mardi Gras. It’s fun. It’s colorful. You meet lots of people from all walks of life. But, like any party, it’s not always clear who to give your phone number to at the end of the night.

I get a lot of questions about meeting new people online. The most common one is this: “What if I get Facebook and LinkedIn requests from people I’ve never met. Should I accept?”

That’s completely up to you, but here’s my take on building meaningful relationships online.

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