“Generation War?” New Survey Shows Few Takers

Are the generations allied or opposed? Is the cliche of generational conflict legitimate — or false? These are the questions a national survey, commissioned by Encore.org, sought to answer. The good news is that by far, people of different generations see...

Stanford Research Shows Widespread Desire for Encore Purpose

Large numbers of older adults rank life goals focused on “purpose beyond the self” very high on their personal priorities and are actively taking steps to realize these goals, according to early findings by researchers led by William Damon and Anne Colby at the...

A Human Solution, in Plain Sight

Two generations—children in need of support and adults with the time and inclination to step into roles that provide it — fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. A new monograph from the Stanford Center on Longevity, “Hidden in Plain Sight: How...

Do Purpose and Passion Add Up to Impact?

A version of this post originally appeared on March 11, 2015 on AGEnda, the aging and work blog of The Center on Aging & Work of Boston College. Time after time, in survey after survey, my own cohort of Baby Boomers, as well as people into their 70s and beyond,...

Research Demonstrates Power of Encore Talent

Encore talent makes sense, right? What social purpose organization interested in making a difference wouldn’t want to tap experienced talent to build their capacity, improve the communities they serve and advance their social mission? Unfortunately, plenty — at...

Pass It On: Encore Talent and Vulnerable Youth

How can the skills and experience of encore talent be mobilized to support vulnerable youth? That’s the question a group of distinguished thought leaders and scholars led by Encore.org CEO and founder Marc Freedman, David and Lucile Packard Foundation President and...