Category: Viewpoints

We Are the Elders Who Remain.

As the people in Pittsburgh begin to bury their loved ones, massacred inside the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, my thoughts turn to my own father’s funeral last year and a passage from the Talmud read that day. It’s the story of a rabbi passing through a field, noticing an old man planting an […]

Ageism Alert! Protest “Knock the Vote” Video & Leverage New Resources

As encore leaders, we know ageism is the biggest obstacle to our success with funders, nonprofits, governments and people of all ages. This week’s galvanizing example: Knock the Vote, older adults in “greedy geezer” mode telling young people not to vote. Take your blood pressure medicine – then check out the video. Tone-deaf progressives at Acronym (a “radically-honest […]

Expanding Choices in Later Life, On Your Terms

On a recent podcast, Andi Simon, author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights, asked me to describe my path to becoming an assistant professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. I told a story about my move into gerontological social work—a fancy way of saying […]

Waking Up to Smell The Wildflowers, And Understand The Power of Informal Leaders

I first met Hanmin Liu in 2006 when he was selected as a Purpose Prize Fellow in the inaugural year of the program. Hanmin was then a 61-year old former dentist, who, with his partner Jennifer Mei, had founded a San Francisco-based organization –  Wildflowers Institute –  to take on one of the greatest challenges […]

The ‘Grannies Respond’ Caravan Standing Up for Kids

An upcoming six-day bus trip to protest border policies “When the news started breaking about children being separated from their families [at the Mexico/U.S. border], the image I couldn’t get out of my head was my three-year-old son in a cage, picturing how he’d be reacting, what he’d be doing, and wondering who would be […]