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Nonprofit Launches Own Internal Encore Fellows Program

For more than 35 years, Aspiranet has been dedicated to creating permanent, lifelong connections for children and families located in California. After two years hosting Encore Fellows in the Silicon Valley EF program, Aspiranet has launched its own internal program....

Steve Jobs’ Message for Boomers

I will remember Steve Jobs not for product design, but for life design. In the commencement address Jobs gave to Stanford undergraduates in 2005, he recounts reading a quote at 17 that said if you live each day as if it were your last, someday you'll almost certainly...

What Is Retirement, Anyway?

That's the question NPR asked a few days ago, in the final segment of a series they called Life in Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years. Here's my answer: Retirements that promise 30 or 40 years of leisure are no longer sustainable for individuals or society. Instead,...

The Dangerous Myth of Reinvention

Two recent news stories show the upside of encore success stories -- and the downside of reinvention myths. BusinessWeek recently posted a slideshow to its site, showcasing 16 people in new, later-life careers. Eight of the 16 are in true encore careers dedicated to...

Maybe You Can Afford a Gap Year, After All

My colleague Marc Freedman has been talking up the idea of midlife gap years – a time to take stock, take a step back, and figure out next steps. It needn’t be a full year, though there is something about a full cycle of seasons that seems consistent with beginning a...

How Can Couples Make Encore Career Decisions?

Say you’re ready for an encore career, but you have a partner who wants to retire to the golf course. Or you want to work part-year and travel, while your spouse wants to continue working full-time and stay put. A new book, The Couple's Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have...

Harvard Business Review: A Gap Year for Grown-ups

Thousands of college-bound teenagers take a gap year to rest up and gear up for what's next. Why not make the same opportunity available for their parents? That's the question Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and author of The Big Shift: Navigating the...

New York Times, USA Today and Others Praise Big Shift

With a 14-city book tour underway, Marc Freedman is spreading the word about a new stage of life between midlife and old age. And while he's attracting attention from boomers searching for meaning during that stage, he's also gaining interest from national media...

Forbes Examines Encore Careers for Boomers

In its upcoming April 11 issue, Forbes magazine focuses on boomers “Writing New Chapters.” Journalist and author Kerry Hannon introduces us to people who abandoned “the retirement fantasy of gardening, golfing and lounging on the beach” in favor of meaningful work....

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers

We asked if you had questions, and you most certainly did! We can’t answer all of them, so we picked the ones that were asked many times or the ones that raised the most universal issues. Barbara Chandler Allen, a 2010 Purpose Prize winner, who founded and runs a...

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