Who are your role models? Growing up, it helps to have people to look up to as we find our way forward. The same holds true as we transition into second acts later in life.
I’ve been thinking about this issue since returning from the Encore2016 Conference, held last week in San Francisco. It was my second year in attendance, and once again, it provided a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues and hear from industry leaders about second-acts for the greater good.
As expected, a highlight of the conference was the Purpose Prize awards ceremony, which honors people over 60 who’ve made a difference in their communities and the greater world.
Talk about role models. This year’s winners include Laurie Ahearn, a former journalist turned fearless crusader for children with disabilities held in abusive institutions; Jamal Joseph, a former Black Panther who has created an organization where young people can escape violence, learn leadership skills and create art for social change, and Dr. Samuel Lupin, who together with his son and grandson, created a nonprofit that delivers much-needed healthcare to homebound elderly.
But for me, the real highlight of the conference resulted from an unexpected meeting with one of my daughter’s personal heroes, Robert Egger (pictured above). Among his many accomplishments, Egger is the founder of LA Kitchen (motto: Neither Food Nor People Should Ever Go to Waste) and the recipient of this year’s Eisner prize for Intergenerational Excellence. He is also the author of Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All
December tends to be a frenetic month for most of us. That’s why now seems a fitting time to share some of my favorite podcasts about semi-retirement. The advantage of listening to podcasts over written information is that you can learn anytime, anywhere – while cooking, wrapping gifts or walking off those excess cookie calories.
So while you’re doing for others, give yourself a gift too. Here are five of my favorite podcasts sure to inspire and inform your second act:
Namaste! I just returned from an amazing trip to Nepal and India, so I am just now catching up on second-act news (more on my trip in an upcoming post).
While I was away, Encore.org announced their 2015 Purpose Prize winners – an amazing group of six people over 60 who have found unique ways to combine their passion and experience for social good. This is the 10th year that Encore has awarded the prizes (the top winner receives $100,000 and the other five receive $25,000 each).
I strongly encourage you to learn more about this year’s winners on the Encore.org site (or by watching the video posted here). I guarantee their stories will help inspire your own encore. As my editor Rich Eisenberg points out in his Next Avenue post, Purpose Prize Winners: Over 60, But Far From Over, “These four women and two men, age 61 to 77, demonstrate that it’s possible to make a difference — a big difference — after 60.”
Congratulations to all the winners!
Many people over 50 tell me they’d like a second-act career in the aging space. If you too find this an area of interest, take a look at NextAvenue.org’s just released list of 2015 Influencers in Aging.
It’s a fascinating list (and I’d say that even if I didn’t write for the site). The 50 honorees focus on different sectors – work and purpose, policy, caregiving, living and learning, etc. – but they all are changing how we age and think about aging.
Calling all mentors, teachers, tutors, coaches . . . anyone making a difference in young lives in your community.
This October, Encore.org is running a “Story Slam for Youth,” seeking first-person stories by experienced adults in child or youth-focused work or volunteering to be showcased on their storytelling website, Stories from the Encore Movement.