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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...

A Societal Makeover as Boomers Turn 65

Let the prognostication begin! Predictably the New Year – in which the first of the baby boomers turn 65 – began with much of the usual hand-wringing over what the aging of the country’s largest demographic will mean for the economy, politics and culture. In its first...

David Bornstein on Struggling Social Entrepreneurs

If you spend any time with David Bornstein, as I have been lucky to do recently, you will likely start thinking that the world is a place filled with altruistic people who dedicate their time and talents to fixing what’s wrong. As one of the leading experts on social...

These People Are Changing the World

In some ways, five years doesn’t seem like such a long time. And yet, in the past five years, so much has changed, economically, politically, even demographically, as the first wave of baby boomers moved into their 60s. With many of those changes in mind, two...

Becoming a Life Change Artist

Career books often tell us that we should learn from successful leaders in business, the nonprofit sector or government. But in their new book, Becoming a Life Change Artist, Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan argue that we could all benefit from studying the processes...

Experience an Asset for Social Innovators

Last week I wrote an OpEd for Reuters.com on why age and experience can be advantageous for social entrepreneurs. It's part of a series on social entrepreneurship on the Reuters "Entrepreneurial: Grow Your Own" blog, and it includes examples of several individuals in...

Wellness Coaches Use Experience to Advantage

As people age and continue to live active lives, their interest in living well becomes more important than living longer. After all, no one is too excited about longevity if all that it means is a couple of extra decades of decline. Meanwhile, as employers try to keep...

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