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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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    • 1. Encore Careers: Passion, Purpose & a Paycheck
      IMLS Western Regional Fellowship
      Transforming Life After 50
      Portland, Oregon – September16, 2010
    • 2.
    • 3. 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
    • 4. What we know
      Half of all Americans
      age 50-70
      want to do work
      that helps others
      MetLife/Civic Ventures Encore Survey, 2007
    • 5. What we know
      Millions of jobs in:
      • health care and social Therassistance
      • 6. educational services
      • 7. nonprofit community and religious organizations
      • 8. government
      By 2018 ~ millions
      of jobs in:
      organizations
      • Government
      After The Recovery, Bluestone and Melnick, 2010
    • 12. 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
    • 13. “Adulthood simply goes
      on too long
      without punctuation.”
      Mary Catherine Bateson, Cultural Anthropologist
      7
    • 14.
    • 15.
    • 16.
    • 17. Your Turn
      Do you know someone
      in an encore career?
      Are you in an
      encore career?
      11
    • 18. 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
    • 19. Encore Job Matching
      ReServe: supplying skilled
      employees for dozens of NYC
      nonprofits & city agencies
    • 20. Encore Colleges
      Portland Community College:
      Creating pathways for re-tooling
    • 21. Encore Fellowsencore.org/fellowships
      Leslye Louie and Lyle Hurst: Partners in School Innovation
    • 22. Encore Service
      The Kennedy Serve America Act 2009
    • 23. Your Turn
      Imagine your own encore career
      Then
      ;
      Now
      17
    • 24. What can libraries do?
      • Build encore resources
      • 25. Become an encore community partner
      • 26. Provide technology access & training
    • Model Library Programs
      Tempe Connections, AZ
      tempeconnections.org
      Discovering What’s Next, MA
      Discoveringwhatsnext.com
    • 27. Contact Information
      Judy Goggin
      Vice President
      Civic Ventures
      jgoggin@civicventures.org
      www.encore.org
    • 28.
      • There are tremendous challenges in our world today – and human talent is at the heart of solving these problems.
      • 29. There is an enormous source of largely untapped human talent in the people who have finished their midlife careers.
      • 30. Some 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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