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Below is a list of Blog entries on Encore.org

10/07/2011 - 10:56am

That’s the question NPR asked a few days ago, in the final segment of a series they called Life in Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years.

10/07/2011 - 10:06am

Bill Clinton announced his candidacy for president 20 years ago this month. At an anniversary reunion in Little Rock last weekend, Clinton challenged the crowd, full of people who had worked in his campaign and administration, with a call to action.

While he said we had certainly earned gold watches for what we'd already done, Clinton urged us to look forward.

"America has never been a retirement party," he said. It's time to "suit up and play again," to give future generations the world they deserve.

10/07/2011 - 9:58am

I will remember Steve Jobs not for product design, but for life design.

In the commencement address Jobs gave to Stanford undergraduates in 2005, he recounts reading a quote at 17 that said if you live each day as if it were your last, someday you'll almost certainly be correct.

09/30/2011 - 5:03pm

Research confirms that there’s a strong desire on the part of adults over 50 for encore careers – paid work with social purpose and personal meaning. And there’s also a real need for their talent in the social sector. The big challenge is bridging the gap – connecting encore talent with employers who need it.

09/30/2011 - 4:40pm

People over 40 are finding that their efforts to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) are paying off, at least at one school.

The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis conducted a survey of MSW students over 40 from the past 10 years to determine if they got what they came for – mainly, a supportive environment and a career in social work.

09/30/2011 - 1:13pm

Encore!Hartford, a program that trains “seasoned” corporate professionals for encore careers in nonprofit leadership, is the recipient of the national Outstanding Program Award in 2011 from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

09/19/2011 - 10:51am

It’s National Employ Older Workers Week (Sept. 18-24), and I hope that I can count on you to help spread the word!

An annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, National Employ Older Workers Week is a call to action for employers and employees alike to recognize the value and necessity of experienced workers in our nation’s workforce.

09/08/2011 - 11:56am

LinkedIn has added a new feature to its already impressive repertoire. The new “Volunteer Experience & Causes” feature allows users to showcase their volunteer experience to would-be employers.

Why add this feature? LinkedIn recently compiled a survey of nearly 2,000 professionals in the U.S. and found that 89 percent of the survey participants had volunteer experience, but only 45 percent listed it on their resumes.

09/08/2011 - 8:06am

Are you interested in helping to improve the health of individuals and families across the seven-county Metro Denver area?

Boomers Leading Change in Health (BLCiH) is seeking to engage 23 people who are 50+ to serve as healthcare navigators, community health workers and volunteer coordinator assistants.

The term of service will begin October 3, 2011.

BLCiH AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to serve in the following capacities:

09/07/2011 - 1:22pm

The list of 2011 CNN Heroes – 24 “everyday people changing the world” – includes Wilma Melville, chosen for the work she’s done in her encore career to strengthen disaster response in the United States.

09/07/2011 - 12:50pm

Two recent news stories show the upside of encore success stories – and the downside of reinvention myths.

BusinessWeek recently posted a slideshow to its site, showcasing 16 people in new, later-life careers. Eight of the 16 are in true encore careers dedicated to the greater good, and two of these are ones we know well.

09/01/2011 - 6:24am

Emmy-award-winning journalist Jane Pauley sat down recently with two Purpose Prize fellows, Libba and Gifford Pinchot, to film a segment for NBC’s TODAY show.
Pauley selected the couple for her “Your Life Calling” segment because, in their fifties, the Pinchots founded the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) to train future business leaders to go green.

08/31/2011 - 10:48am

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.

08/10/2011 - 1:09pm

Ray Anderson, a winner of The Purpose Prize in 2007 for his advocacy on behalf of sustainable business practices, died this week of cancer at the age of 77.

Anderson founded and led Interface, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of modular carpet tiles. His life changed in 1996, when, at age 60, he made a radical decision to eliminate Interface’s environmental footprint by 2020.

08/03/2011 - 9:22am

James Robinson, a recent winner of our Launch Pad contest, is currently participating in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge in the hopes of winning $25,000 for his nonprofit organization -- GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc.

07/29/2011 - 8:31am

Are you passionate about organizations that are changing the world? Do you want to help provide nonprofits with the key resource that they need to achieve their goals? Commongood Careers is a dedicated talent partner that supports the recruitment and hiring needs of today’s most innovative and high-performing nonprofits. Since their founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has managed over 500 searches for 150 organizations in 26 states. They also work closely with talented, experienced, and dynamic individuals from all backgrounds to help them find their ideal jobs in the nonprofit sector.

07/27/2011 - 8:30am

The following commentary, written by Civic Ventures Vice President Phyllis N. Segal and Civic Ventures Board Chair Ruth Wooden, was published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy in its July 28 issue.

07/27/2011 - 6:21am

By: Marci Alboher

My colleague Marc Freedman has been talking up the idea of midlife gap years – a time to take stock, take a step back, and figure out next steps. It needn’t be a full year, though there is something about a full cycle of seasons that seems consistent with beginning a move into a new life stage. We allow young people lots of time for wandering and experimenting, why not the same for those in their encore years?

07/26/2011 - 2:05pm

Say you’re ready for an encore career, but you have a partner who wants to retire to the golf course. Or you want to work part-year and travel, while your spouse wants to continue working full-time and stay put. A new book, The Couple's Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life, can provide some help. Authors Dorian Mintzer and Roberta Taylor are both therapists who have worked extensively with people in their encore years.

07/15/2011 - 1:48pm

In this resource brief, community colleges in Civic Ventures’ Encore College Initiative share tips for tracking student outcomes in programs for people 50 and older seeking encore careers in education, healthcare, social services and the emerging green economy.