“Quit Trying to Be Young & Be There for Those Who Are”: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

The longevity revolution offers a great chance to leverage experienced talent to transform young lives. That was the big focus of a talk this week by our CEO, Marc Freedman. “If we quit trying to be young, and be there for those who are, everything will work out,” Marc told the City Club of Cleveland.  

In our continued partnership with the Christian Science Monitor, read how a United Way executive transitioned to a rookie cop in his encore, calling it “the best job I ever had.” 

Three Encore.org board members are in the news this week, too:

Conversation Project founder Ellen Goodman shares her worries that polarizing political debate may overshadow a much-richer movement to change the way we talk and think about dying in America.

Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging chair Paul Irving explains how the new  “Purposeful Los Angeles” initiative offers an exciting opportunity to unleash the potential of the aging population and create a better future for all Angelenos. 

“We have to think about creating new cultures, and changing social norms and institutions to build a society that supports long life,” Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity Dr. Laura Carstensen tells Nautilus

And in other encore news:

  • This Atlantic profile of 2014 Purpose Prize winner Dr. Pamela Cantor’s organization Turnaround describes how they’re motivating kids by deeply engaging them in learning. 
  • The Encore!Fairfield County website is now live — a great resource for experienced adults interested in moving from corporate to nonprofit work. 
  • The John Templeton Foundation, a founding funder of The Purpose Prize, is gathering information on working with purpose via this five-question survey, which was developed from interviews with scores of college students, seeking guidance before they embark on their adult lives. Please take a few minutes to respond and share your unique point of view.
  • And finally, some great jobs in the offing: Encore.org is looking for a talented Director of Operations and a Field Director to join our new campaign for children and youth. And Playworks CEO — and Encore 2016 Fast Pitch finalist — Jill Vialet’s new project Substantial is shaking up traditional substitute teaching. She’s looking for a East Bay Partnerships Director

What We’re Reading (And Watching)

Marci Alboher: Leave It To French Feminists To Build A Better Retirement Home

Marci French retirement home

Helen Zelon: Retirement and Social Engagement: Which “Third” Are You?

Eunice Lin Nichols: McDonald’s: you can sneer, but it’s the glue that holds communities together

Eunice McDonalds

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

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