Our Point of View

We believe that older adults are one of society’s most undervalued resources. We believe in the need for purpose and connection at every stage of life. We believe society needs new roles for older people to do what they do best — mentor and guide the next generation. And we believe that society works better when the generations to come together in ways that benefit old and young alike.

We need to remove barriers — ageism, lack of opportunity, financial insecurity — that stand in the way of making  the encore vision of purpose in later life a reality. Our team and network of thought leaders are working to make sure these issues are part of the public conversation. Here’s a taste of what we’ve been talking and writing about.

Giving

Five p.m. on a Tuesday, mid-winter. I’m sitting in the basement of St. Cyril’s Macedonian Orthodox Church in Regent Park in downtown Toronto. Teenagers drift in – by turns chatty, solemn, effusive, shy. Quickly they shed their coats to colonize the bare beat-up tables...

Marc Freedman: Building Bridges Across Generations

The CEO of Encore.org explains why it's important to society for older citizens to mix with younger people as the age gap widens. Want to live forever? Marc Freedman can help. No, he’s not one of the Silicon Valley “immortalists” seeking to radically prolong human...

Host a Clothing Swap: Gen2Gen Style

Great 'new' clothing and accessories aren't the only treasures to be discovered When my mother started her now-famous clothing swap about 11 years ago, we weren’t thinking, “Let’s bring the generations together.” We were thinking, “Let’s figure out how to indulge our...

The Second Mountain and the Second Half of Life

I’m writing to let you know about a profoundly important new book from one of the most influential columnists of our time. The Second Mountain, written by New York Times and PBS NewsHour commentator David Brooks, tells a compelling and ultimately hopeful story about...

The Generation Gap and the Future of American Politics

The generation gap in the 2018 congressional election -- the largest in history -- offers a peek at what the contours of American politics could look like for decades to come. Here are the key takeaways. We’re seeing the largest partisan age gap ever. We’ve never...