“We can change the world… Rearrange the world. It’s dying – to get better.” ~ Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)
They were a folk-rock super group. All four members of CSNY pre-dated the baby boomer generation by only two or three years. Yet they were part of ‘our’ generation. 🙂 People related to their musical social commentary. Every now and then they get together for a gig and people still pay to hear their message.
But I digress.
This week’s Awakening to Awareness radio show (podcast here) explored the rapidly growing Encore Movement and the encore concept. My guests were Amy Duggan, Executive Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence (United Way Central New Mexico) and Barbara “BJ” Jones, an Encore Innovation Fellow. Their bios are available online via the above link.
In 2011, Amy launched the CNM Encore Fellowship Program and in 2013 an Encore Innovation Project to bring encore led capacity building to grantees (associations, organizations) addressing education, health, and self-sufficiency.
“BJ,” an Encore Innovation Fellow, is undertaking a one year pilot program with the CNPE to develop a sustainable year-round structure for increasing Encore talent engagement (people over age 50) to further UWCNM’s Community Impact agenda. Redefining retirement, Encore programs align baby boomer skills and talents with nonprofit agencies across communities.
There are amazing ways in which ‘win-wins’ are being created between passion, purpose and community involvement. The Encore Movement is a growing network, nationally and internationally. Never before have there been so many ways for people aged 50+ (the “chronologically gifted”) to re-engage, contribute, and in many cases, earn a paycheck! As one encore.org Purpose Prize winner said, “Engaging in your community inhibits the aging process.”
To learn more about related opportunities, consider listening to the podcast, reading the Encore Career Handbook by Marci Alboher, or going to the Encore web site. It’s a fascinating world out there for those who may wondering, “what’s next?”