Below is a list of Blog entries on Encore.org

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.

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.


02/16/2012 - 6:34pm

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 (www.encore.org) 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.

02/15/2012 - 12:21pm

This post is part of a series sponsored by Fast Company and Catchafire on the future of service in America.

People who are between midlife and old age are looking for another round of service with the same motivations that young people have--to give back, to have an adventure, to acquire experience, and to gain credentials and credibility.

02/14/2012 - 12:45pm

AARP’s Jane Pauley didn’t mince words on this morning’s Your Life Calling segment on NBC’s Today show.

Jenny Bowen, she said, had no child development expertise, no foreign policy experience and no knowledge of the Chinese language when she set out to radically change the quality of care for the nation’s 800,000 orphans, 95 percent of whom are girls.

02/09/2012 - 12:59pm

If you’re wondering how to figure out what’s next in your life, take three minutes and watch this clip from Emmy-award winning journalist Jane Pauley.

02/06/2012 - 11:28am

Nonprofit leaders: We want to hear from you.

What are your plans for the future, and what do you need to get there?

02/03/2012 - 3:20pm

We need a new map of life.

We've been making do with one that was fashioned for an expected longevity of threescore and 10. We shouldn't knock that legacy. At one time, that constituted progress.

But we can't stuff a 21st century life span into a life course designed for the 20th century – or stretch the old model so that it accommodates a task well beyond its intended capacity. The story starts with the numbers, but it is really about the nature of lives.

01/31/2012 - 3:15pm

If you're thinking about going back to school, consider this: “For those in midlife and beyond, a college degree appears to slow the brain’s aging process by up to a decade, adding a new twist to the cost-benefit analysis of higher education – for young students as well as those thinking about returning to school.”

So says a recent New York Times article, which makes the case that education in the encore years boosts mental agility.

01/20/2012 - 8:26am

If you’re over 50, chances are that continuing to work – and being truly engaged in what you do – will boost your well-being.

Researchers at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College found that people 50 and older are more likely than younger adults to feel more deeply engaged in paid work, volunteering and education.

01/11/2012 - 8:42am

The decades-long career is in decline. And for many, that’s a good thing.

“Tacking swiftly from job to job and field to field, learning new skills all the while, resembles the pattern that increasingly defines our careers,” writes Anya Kamenetz in Fast Company magazine.

How swiftly?

According to federal statistics, as of 2010, the median number of years U.S. workers had been in their jobs was 4.4 years.

01/09/2012 - 9:49am

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?”

12/22/2011 - 7:38pm

A 70-year-old former art history professor who is now an art curator. A 71-year-old serial entrepreneur helping boomers start their own ventures. A 77-year-old former auto exec heading up a state university.

They’re all trying to revitalize a city marred by economic decay.

And, says Marc Freedman: “By the prevailing definitions, all three of them are in old age – often portrayed as a wasteland of its own.”

12/22/2011 - 10:03am

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