Encore.org Purpose Prize Director Eunice Lin Nichols would like to introduce you to our six 2014 Purpose Prize Winners. As Eunice writes: “You should know about these six people, and when you read their stories, you’ll understand why.”
Ever heard of the “good-for-nothing club”? They want to do good–for nothing! — according to Purpose Prize winner David Campbell. Kerry Hannon explains more in this lovely New York Times profile of our Purpose Prize Winners. Also, don’t miss her interview in Next Avenue with winner Kate Williams, who offers eight tips for disabled job-seekers.
“We’ve gone from a notion to a nation.” This might be one of our favorite lines overheard at #EncoreNation, shared by Rich Eisenberg, who re-caps three big questions addressed at the event. Rich also has a great profile of this year’s Purpose Prize winners in this Next Avenue piece.
Journalist John Tarnoff says for anyone needing proof that life can begin at 60, #EncoreNation was the place to find it. After spending time with our Purpose Prize winner David Campbell, and 2014 Purpose Prize fellow Cecilia Nadal, he came away feeling moved and inspired, sharing his experiences in this Huffingtonpost.com piece. John writes: “Imagine combining the wisdom and equanimity of our best grandparents with the best mentorship and resourcefulness of our parents, and with our own rock ‘n roll sensibilities and activism. It sounds like a party I want to attend.” We do, too!
Chris Farrell, author of “Unretirement,” says what’s on all of our minds: “Forget the dire demographics of aging.” Here, he highlights the work of Purpose Prize winners Richard Joyner and Charles Fletcher, showing how the expertise and insights of people in midlife provide us with valuable economic and spiritual assets.
From tech CEO to “Master of Disaster Relief”! Anne Tergesen’s profile of winner David Campbell takes us from his early days organizing disaster relief teams in Thailand, to his founding of All Hands Volunteers, which has dispatched more than 28,000 volunteers to 45 global disaster zones.
For those in #EncoreNation withdrawal, relive the excitement through the words of our attendees, in these blog posts by Carol Ross and Nancy Collamer, who calls it “the best conference I ever attended!” Additional coverage can be found in these stories by The Arizona Republic and 91.5 KJZZ.
Finally, while our winners basked in the media spotlight, our 2014 Purpose Prize Fellows didn’t feel any lack of attention! Read more about Cecilia Nadal (here, also here), Maxine Hong Kingston, John Dye, Beverly Santicola, and Dr. Wilhelmina Perry.