Listen in on a conversation between two changemakers and Ashoka Fellows — Marc Freedman and Jill Vialet. Or just check out the highlights.

The root of the problem

Towards proximity and shared purpose

What keeps Americans separated by age? Part of the answer is plain and simple: lack of proximity. Marc shares some of the innovations he’s tracking in housing, the gig economy, and more.

The route to fulfillment

Studies show that older adults who forge bonds with younger people are three times happier than those who don’t. Marc unpacks what he calls the “tributaries of life” (from his latest book), and shares a proverb to live by.

Next innovations in longevity

New solutions in longevity are sprouting up from innovators of all ages. Many are focused on meeting the needs of older adults. But Marc is most encouraged by ideas that unlock what he calls the “joint power” of the generations.

Intergenerational changemaking

What’s ahead in the next chapter of American life? Advice to the new administration? Marc reflects on the moment — the oldest-ever President sharing an inaugural stage last week with 22-year-old poet and changemaker Amanda Gorman — and why being a changemaker is a “lifetime enterprise.”

This post was originally posted by Ashoka.

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