National Summit at Stanford Center for Social Innovation (Nov. 10-12) to Connect Overlooked Group of Entrepreneurs — People Over 60


Sherry Lansing, Sidney Poitier, Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Others Help Celebrate Purpose Prize Winners and Advance Their Endeavors
News Release - For Immediate Release -
11/09/2007
For more information, contact:
Emily Dulcan, (415) 901-0111
edulcan@fenton.com

SAN FRANCISCO — Civic Ventures (CivicVentures.org), a nonprofit organization helping society achieve the greatest return on experience, tomorrow opens its invitation-only Innovation Summit for Americans over 60 who are leading a new wave of social entrepreneurialism.

The annual Summit celebrates, connects, and empowers Purpose Prize winners and fellows. The Prize, a $9 million Civic Ventures' initiative, names five $100,000 winners and ten $10,000 winners, all of whom are social entrepreneurs in the second half of life who combine their creativity and experience to tackle some of the nation's most pressing challenges.

Created by Civic Ventures in December 2005, The Purpose Prize aims to inspire Americans to use their experience for the greater good in the new stage of life opening up between the end of midlife careers and true retirement. The work is part of a larger Civic Ventures' effort to motivate and mobilize millions of baby boomers to embark on "encore careers" - work that provides continued income, new meaning and connections, and greater impact.

The Summit — cosponsored by Civic Ventures and the Stanford Graduate School of Business' Center for Social Innovation, a leading academic center focused on social entrepreneurship — showcases how Americans in the second half of life are using their experience and skills to solve long-standing social problems.

The Summit helps attendees develop their capacity, links them with funders and venture philanthropists, and works to combine individual efforts into a wave of social innovation that could transform America.

Program highlights include:

  • A full-day workshop with IDEO, an award-winning company that helps organizations innovate through design and exploration of real-world problems.
  • Sessions on everything from nonprofit strategy and fundraising to telling stories and creating stronger brands.
  • Speakers such as:
  • Sherry Lansing: CEO of the Sherry Lansing Foundation, former Chair of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group, Chair of the Purpose Prize jury
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter: Professor at the Harvard Business School, author of America The Principled, Becoming a Can-Do Nation Once Again
  • Marc Freedman: Founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, author of Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life
  • David Galenson: Economist, author of Old Masters and Young Geniuses: Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity.

Funding for the Summit and The Purpose Prize comes from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation. Additional funders include the Skoll Foundation and the Hewlett-Packard Company.

Created by Civic Ventures in December 2005, The Purpose Prize aims to inspire Americans to use their experience for the greater good in the new stage of life opening up between the end of midlife careers and true retirement. The work is part of a larger Civic Ventures' effort to motivate and mobilize millions of baby boomers to embark on "encore careers" - work that provides continued income, new meaning, and greater impact. To read more about past winners, visit www.PurposePrize.org.

Note to Journalists: Check out the resources in Civic Ventures' Journalists' Guide to Covering the Aging of the Baby Boom at www.civicventures.org/jguide. And for news about encore careers, go to www.encore.org/news.

About Civic Ventures
Civic Ventures (CivicVentures.org) is a nonprofit organization helping society achieve the greatest return on experience. For more information about The Purpose Prize and its 2006 and 2007 winners, visit www.PurposePrize.org.

About the Atlantic Philanthropies
The Atlantic Philanthropies (www.atlanticphilanthropies.org) are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people through grant-making. Atlantic focuses on critical social problems related to aging, disadvantaged children and youth, population health, and reconciliation and human rights. Programmes funded by Atlantic operate in Australia, Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam.

About the John Templeton Foundation
The John Templeton Foundation's (www.templeton.org) focus on the human person is guided by Sir John Templeton's unyielding optimism that there is much to learn from examining scientifically the nature and benefits of such spiritual principles as creativity, gratitude, altruism and purpose. From cutting-edge research that examines how young people can acquire a sense of noble purpose in today's world to recognizing the contributions of "purpose pioneers" through a prize program that honors innovative older adults who improve their communities through their work and inspiring vision, the Foundation's efforts aim to promote the benefits of purpose throughout the lifespan.

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