“If enough of us find our encores, we’ll become a small army for change: We’ll transform the world and ourselves.”
Jane Pauley, host of AARP’s Your Life Calling on NBC’s Today show

“A treasure trove for anyone hitting midlife and wondering what’s next. Engaging, practical. … This book will inspire you to think big and take action!”
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

“Marci Alboher has written a fast-paced and hugely helpful guide on how to bow in to your encore career. It’s full of stories and advice for those who want to raise the curtain on the next act of life. For this she deserves a standing ovation!”
Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author

Using Experience to Become a More Informed Voter

By Harry J. Getzov

"You live through something like the Great Depression, in an area like the Dust Bowl, it's gonna affect the way you view the world," North Kansas City's Roy "Mac" McCormack once explained to me. Mac was 102 at the time, by the way. "And when you have nothing – I mean absolutely nothing – lemme tell you," he continued, "you have to work. And I mean work hard," he added, smiling.

If You Have a Couch, You’ll Want to Read This Story

Years ago, Purpose Prize winner Arlene Blum helped ban toxic chemicals once commonplace in children’s pajamas. Now, as The New York Times Magazine highlights, Blum is targeting a potentially dangerous product we all use: the couch.

Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … And Pays the Bills

Kerry Hannon knows careers.

A longtime journalist who has talked to hundreds of people in career transitions, she has regular columns on Forbes.com, AARP Jobs and NextAvenue.org, a PBS website.

Fellowships Devoted to Community Service

By Richard Eisenberg

Many of us in our 50s and 60s have The Itch.

New Research Survey Co-Sponsored by Encore.org, Participant Media Indicates Eight out of 10 Adults Want to Mentor Young Adults

SAN FRANCISCO – Adults 50 and older want to help younger generations succeed and are willing to offer their time and expertise to make it happen, according to a new research study sponsored by Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures) and Participant Media, the entertainment company known for such socially relevant films as An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., and Waiting for Superman.

New Survey Shows Intergenerational Solidarity Despite Bad Economy

A new national survey sponsored by Encore.org and Participant Media, the entertainment company responsible for such socially relevant films as An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., and Waiting for Superman, finds that people 50 and older are indeed interested in helping younger generations, despite the oft-repeated claims that competition over jobs is pushing younger and older workers into a zero-sum game.

Last Chance to Enter Your Good Idea for a $5,000 Prize

John Fugazzie won $5,000 to help people find work through support groups. Charlene Turner Johnson won $5,000 to start turning abandoned houses into homes for homeless veterans and families. Deborah Greymoon won $5,000 to save women's lives through safer childbirth in the developing world.

Interested in an encore career but don't know where to start? Check out The Encore Career Handbook, a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide to finding passion, purpose and a paycheck in the second half of life.

Can We Solve the Jobs Crisis? Check Out This Discussion

Whatever your political leanings, you’re probably concerned about jobs this election season.

Tune in online Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Eastern, to HuffPost Live, as Encore.org founder and CEO Marc Freedman joins some big names in Tampa., Fla., during the Republican National Convention to talk about solving the unemployment crisis.

Freedman’s fellow panelists are:

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