Honors for Jim Emerman, Ashton Applewhite: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

We’re proud to announce that Jim Emerman, Encore.org’s indefatigably creative Executive VP, has been named one of Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging. Jim’s work and spirit are central to Encore.org: We could not be happier to celebrate this well-deserved honor. Get a taste of Jim’s thinking here and here.

Encore.org ally and advocate Ashton Applewhite — who many may remember here and here — is Next Avenue’s Influencer of the Year. Ashton’s dedication and vision have elevated her cause — opposing ageism wherever it surfaces — and inspired countless challenging, culture-shifting conversations. Buy her book and read her blog here.

The accolades continue: Encore.org ally Michael Eisner, whose foundation sponsored two Purpose Prize awards for Intergenerational Collaboration, has also been recognized as a 2016 Next Avenue Influencer, as has Encore.org board member and Milken Institute for the Study of the Future of Aging Chair Paul Irving.

Bringing social-impact innovation to scale is a goal for nonprofits and social-sector organizations everywhere. Here’s some smart, concrete guidance — via Encore.org friend and Billions Institute co-founder and CEO Joe McCannon and co-authors.

Our friends at America’s Promise understand the power of caring adults in the lives of young people — and the impact of those relationships on concrete measures, like the high school graduation rate.  In New York, Encore.org representatives attended a compelling New America panel  that raised provocative and difficult questions on 21st century segregation in education.

AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins sat down with Chris Farrell in a segment of his Minnesota Public Radio “Conversations on the Creative Economy” series, to talk about the challenges of keeping her large organization nimble and responsive to constant change; hear their conversation here.

As we head into the home stretch of the Presidential election, readers will want to read these Five Facts about the Future of Work, via the Working Nation team. Be sure to take the time to watch Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple‘s documentary series, including a portrait of the rise and fall of Kodak — and the effects of that company’s demise on Rochester, NY.

What We’re Seeing (and Hearing)

Regular News Roundup writer Aanchal Dhar’s on the road: Here’s her postcard.
And the water bottle meme continues! This week we brought both the Encore.org,
and Gen2Gen spirit to Gaudi’s masterpieces in Barcelona, and the souks of Marrakech.
Can’t wait to see where we touch down next 🙂
Executive VP Jim Emerman likes Freakonomics‘s In Praise of Incrementalism:
This episode of Freakonomics Radio is a sobering reminder of how social change
is a very gradual drawn-out process from the civil rights movement to gay rights,
despite the popular view of how rapidly marriage equality came about. Worth a listen.


What do Renaissance painting, civil-rights movements, and Olympic cycling have in common? In each case, huge breakthroughs came from taking tiny steps. In a world where everyone is looking for the next moonshot, we shouldn’t ignore the power of incrementalism.

In Praise of Incrementalism

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

It’s high season for electioneering — and high time to Rock the Vote, via this national nonprofit that aims to increase civic participation — like voting  — for young Americans. Take the Rock the Vote pledge, and share this link with a first-time voter in your life: they just might win a trip to Washington for the Inauguration of the 45th President!