Good news to welcome 2015: Two special Purpose Prizes will be awarded in 2015 for the second year in a row, to outstanding social innovators over 60: A $25,000 Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact, sponsored by The Eisner Foundation, to honor an outstanding individual uniting multiple generations to bring about positive and lasting change, and a $25,000 Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion, sponsored by Metlife, which will recognize an outstanding individual working to make financial services affordable and accessible to people across the economic spectrum, in particular, in the developing world.
Rich Eisenberg’s great article on Next Avenue talks about The Purpose Prize nomination process, asking readers to help spread the word about nominations. Reflecting on his own experience, he says, “Over the past few years, I’ve met, and written about, quite a few Purpose Prize winners and have always been impressed by their dedication and verve. For them, age isn’t an obstacle — it’s an obvious advantage that exploits their skills, life history and networks.”
As you close out 2014, I hope you’ll take a moment to nominate someone you know for The Purpose Prize and encourage them to get in an application soon. I can’t think of a better way to start off 2015 than by reading their encore story. As Rich put it, “Doing so might lead to shining a spotlight on one of the finest little-known actors on the world’s stage.”