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  • When Marc Freedman’s book, Prime Time was published ten years ago, it raised awareness about the risk of America wasting its only growing natural resource – older adults. Civic engagement of older adults in both paid and unpaid roles is an idea that has taken hold in many quarters.The “big idea” displayed here emphasizes the potential for enormous social impact. While one outcome is to help baby boomers find engaging opportunities as they head into later years, the larger purpose is about harnessing a rich talent resource on behalf of society.
  • Marc Freedman, the founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, believes strongly that a new life stage is emerging between the middle years and old age. It doesn’t have a name and we don’t yet have a good understanding of the framework for it. But anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson understands that what’s developing is not simply an extension of midlife. Given the heavy demands of midlife responsibilities and the prospect of longer working lives, she calls for a pause, a time for reflection, revisioning, to reframe one’s goals and direction before taking up the next chapter. At Civic Ventures we’ve come up with a graphic that we think captures her concept well.
  • Civic Ventures wants to see this new stage of life emerge as a new social norm where one’s experience and talent are put to work to address our biggest social problems.We call it the encore career: A new stage of work that combines passion, purpose and a paycheck.
  • Let me leave you with a reminder of why encore careers are so important today and in the future. There are tremendous challenges in our world today – and human talent is at the heart of solving these problems.There is an enormous source of largely untapped human talent in the growing number people who are finishing their midlife careers.A new form of “work,” not our parents’ volunteering, is most likely to appeal to most people and have the greatest potential impact.

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  • Encore Careers: Passion, Purpose & a Paycheck
    IMLS Western Regional Fellowship
    Transforming Life After 50
    Portland, Oregon – September16, 2010
  • Fundamental trends
    Leading-edge boomers are working longer
    Even in the current economy, “giving back” is a strong motivator for many
    New pathways are emerging for older adults to paid and unpaid roles with social impact
    Nonprofits employers need help to prepare for the changes that are coming in the workforce
  • What we know
    Half of all Americans
    age 50-70
    want to do work
    that helps others
    MetLife/Civic Ventures Encore Survey, 2007
  • What we know
    Millions of jobs in:
    • health care and social Therassistance
    • educational services
    • nonprofit community and religious organizations
    • government
    By 2018 ~ millions
    of jobs in:
    • Healthcare
    • Social assistance
    • Education
    • Nonprofit
    organizations
    • Government
    After The Recovery, Bluestone and Melnick, 2010
  • What we know
    To fill these jobs,
    nonprofit employers
    will
    need people 55 +
    to work at rates
    much higher
    than expected.
    After The Recovery, Bluestone and Melnick, 2010
  • “Adulthood simply goes
    on too long
    without punctuation.”
    Mary Catherine Bateson, Cultural Anthropologist
    7
  • Your Turn
    Do you know someone
    in an encore career?
    Are you in an
    encore career?
    11
  • The Encore Career Framework
    Encore pathways: the missing link
    Millions of Encore
    Career
    Seekers
    Social Sector
    Employers
    Job matching
    Education
    Training
    Fellowships
    Service
    Experience
    BigSocial Needs
  • Encore Job Matching
    ReServe: supplying skilled
    employees for dozens of NYC
    nonprofits & city agencies
  • Encore Colleges
    Portland Community College:
    Creating pathways for re-tooling
  • Encore Fellowsencore.org/fellowships
    Leslye Louie and Lyle Hurst: Partners in School Innovation
  • Encore Service
    The Kennedy Serve America Act 2009
  • Your Turn
    Imagine your own encore career
    Then
    ;
    Now
    17
  • What can libraries do?
    • Build encore resources
    • Become an encore community partner
    • Provide technology access & training
  • Model Library Programs
    Tempe Connections, AZ
    tempeconnections.org
    Discovering What’s Next, MA
    Discoveringwhatsnext.com
  • Contact Information
    Judy Goggin
    Vice President
    Civic Ventures
    jgoggin@civicventures.org
    www.encore.org
    • There are tremendous challenges in our world today – and human talent is at the heart of solving these problems.
    • There is an enormous source of largely untapped human talent in the people who have finished their midlife careers.
    • Some form of “work,” not our parents’ volunteering, is most likely to appeal to most people and have the greatest potential impact.