Category: Encore Prize

A Prize Without Losers? That’s the Plan.

About five years ago, Kevin Starr offered a searing critique of the social sector prize-industrial complex in his piece, Dump the Prizes. Prizes, particularly crowdsourced ones, waste too much of everyone’s time, he wrote, rewarding novelty and distracting people from the programs that produce real impact.  Our organization recently launched a new prize, and we wrestled […]

Who won The Encore Prize?

Critical Bridge and Hire Autism win $50,000 awards to bring mentors over 50 into the lives of young people who need champions.

Who Made It to the Finals? Five Innovators Vie for Two $50,000 Encore Prizes

The 15 semifinalists for The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge all presented great ideas for bringing people over 50 into the lives of young people who need champions. With help from more than 12,000 voters — if you’re one, thank you! — today announced the contest’s five finalists. At a live-pitch event in […]

$100,000 in Cash Prizes for Innovation Across Generations

How can we get more people over 50 engaged in the lives of young people who need more champions? Today, announced 15 semi-finalists for The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge. Each of them has a great answer to that question. “Millions of kids growing up in challenging circumstances need more caring adults in […]

Announcing the Encore Prize

The Encore Prize, offering $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching and a year of ongoing support, is looking for the next generation of programs and products that bring the talent of 50+ adults to social problems.

Encore Innovation Conversations: “Fast Pitch” Finalist Ryan Frederick on Building Community

Ryan Frederick was a finalist in’s 2016 Fast Pitch competition, which showcased scalable innovations in the encore sector. Veteran TV producer, writer and former Encore Innovation Fellow (2015 White House Conference on Aging) Kim Sedmak spoke with Frederick about Smart Living 360, created by Frederick to focus on innovative living environments that enhance multigenerational well-being. In […]