WSJ ENCORE: Recommended reading

The Wall Street Journal's Encore special section today included a recommended reading list from John Gomperts, president of Civic Ventures and CEO of Experience Corps.

"If you're starting the important -- and challenging -- task of deciding how best to use your time and talents in your 50s and beyond," the Journal wrote, "consider the following resources recommended by John Gomperts, chief executive of Experience Corps.

"The nonprofit group, based in Washington, taps older volunteers to work as tutors and mentors in urban schools. Mr. Gomperts has spent the past 20 years promoting civic engagement in government and the nonprofit community."

"Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector," by Laura Gassner Otting. A search consultant provides key advice and ideas about how to find work in nonprofits.

"America the Principled: 6 Opportunities for Becoming a Can-Do Nation Once Again," by Rosabeth Moss Kanter. The Harvard Business School professor and author lays out an agenda for public and private action, including large-scale engagement and leadership from older Americans, to achieve a positive American future. [Available in October.]

"Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World," by Bill Clinton. The former president writes about the explosion of private citizens doing public good and provides ideas about how all individuals can become involved.

"Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life," by Marc Freedman. From a co-founder of Experience Corps, stories of individuals who have moved into work in the nonprofit sector, and thoughts on the broader trend and the larger opportunity for individuals, communities and the nation.

Idealist, Idealist.org. A "go-to" site for job opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

"The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters," by Sarah Susanka. The architect and author applies the ideas of her earlier book, "The Not So Big House," to the ways we live our lives, focusing on those things that matter the most.

"The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being," by Sherwin B. Nuland. The Yale professor and author sets forth ideas for happy and healthy living beyond midlife, and describes the benefits of active engagement in the world.

"Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet," by Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and William Damon. Leading psychologists and academics explore the benefits of "good work" -- work that is both excellent in quality and socially responsible.

Bridgestar, Bridgestar.org. A terrific site for people who are seeking to move into leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, especially but not exclusively for those who are bridging from careers in the for-profit sector.

"Modern Times," by Bob Dylan. For anyone who wonders whether you can take all that you have done in your life and turn it into something fresh, new and wonderful, just listen to Dylan's latest CD, recorded when he was 65 years old.