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The Power and Purpose of Informal Community Leaders

In 2017, when Encore and researchers from the Stanford Graduate School of Education were beginning the Pathways to Encore Purpose project, Anne Colby, a psychologist at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education who has studied purpose across the life cycle, interviewed Hanmin Liu, co-founder of Wildflowers Institute, who made connections to informal elder leaders from three diverse Bay Area communities. “The Power and Purpose of Informal Community Leaders,” tells the stories of these community leaders and illustrates how each exemplifies purpose beyond the self, reveals the joy they gain from this work for the common good, and shows how the commitments of individuals can help create shared collective purpose in their communities.

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MAKING THE CASE FOR INTERGENERATIONAL CHILDCARE: How Adults 50+ Can Support Home-Based and Family Childcare Centers

This paper will examine the meaningful roles that adults 50+ can play to help improve the quality of childcare for young children 0-5. It will show that intergenerational approaches to child care have the potential to create brighter futures for currently underserved youth; benefit older adults seeking purpose, income and connection; and unlock doors to economic prosperity for small business owners (mostly low-income women of color) currently running home-based and family childcare centers.

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INTERGENERATIONAL ACTIVISM: IN A DIVIDED AMERICA, A TONIC FOR ALL AGES

Aging and racial diversity – the two great demographic dramas at the root of much of today’s political divisiveness – can also become sources of economic vitality and national renewal, according to a new essay by Encore.org Senior Fellow, author and former Washington Post reporter Paul Taylor.

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A Future of Purposeful Aging

Encore.org Executive Vice President, Jim Emerman, reflects on the future he envisions for people seeking purpose with social impact in their encore stage in this interview with LPN-Q, the quarterly journal of the Life Planning Network

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Encore Entrepreneurs – Topline Results

Encore.org’s 2011 survey revealed a strong interest in entrepreneurship, particularly the interest of people over 50 in starting social purpose organizations. Here are the topline results from that survey.

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