Category: Purpose Prize Announces AARP as New Home of Purpose Prize

Ten years ago, The Purpose Prize set out to tell a new story about creativity and innovation in the second half of life. Today, the work of more than 500 honorees is testimony to the extraordinary possibilities of the “encore” years, for individuals and for society. As we move forward into the second decade of […]

Why I’m Looking Forward to Fifty

Sometimes, life and work intersect. As it happens, is marking a significant milestone this year, with the 10th anniversary of The Purpose Prize and the announcement today of the 2015 winners. And I’ve hit a personal milestone, too: I turned 40 this year. But instead of dreading my midlife decades, like many of my […]

2015 Purpose Prize Winners Announced

As director of The Purpose Prize at, it is a great privilege to announce the six 2015 winners of The Purpose Prize, and to share with you early coverage from The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Reuters-Global Post, AARP, Next Avenue/ and the Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune. In my 15 years […]

In Memoriam: Richard Steckel

It was with great sadness that we learned recently that Richard Steckel, a 2007 Purpose Prize fellow and co-founder of the Milestones Project, died of cancer at the age of 72. Richard and his wife (and project co-founder) Shelli, horrified by genocidal violence and ethnic cleansing in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, used the art […]

2015 Purpose Prizes for Financial Inclusion, Intergenerational Impact

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 […]