BGR 2/10/2015: An hour with Marc Freedman, founder of Encore.org, challenging conventional thinking about aging

Marc Freedman of Encore.org is the guest on Boomer Generation Radio February 10, 2015.
Marc Freedman of Encore.org is the guest on Boomer Generation Radio February 10, 2015.

In the February 10, 2015 Boomer Generation Radio program, Rabbi Address spends the entire hour with Marc Freedman, founder of Encore.org, which describes itself as “building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.”

In its vision statement, Encore says, “While many see our aging society as a problem, we view it as a solution. Those in and beyond midlife represent a powerful source of talent with the accumulated skills, experience and wisdom to tackle some of society’s most urgent challenges. By embracing this unique opportunity, we can transform a zero-sum prediction into a win-win strategy, creating a better future for generations to come.”

About the Guest

Marc Freedman, founder of Encore.org
Marc Freedman, founder of Encore.org

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, is an award-winning social innovator, thought leader and author – one of the nation’s leading experts on the longevity revolution and the transformation of retirement.

A Visiting Scholar at Stanford University during 2014-15 and formerly a Visiting Fellow at King’s College, University of London, Freedman is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and other outlets. He is regularly called upon as a media source and public speaker. Freedman is the author of four books, including most recently, “The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife.” His numerous accolades include recognition as a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year from the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation, the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and an Ashoka Senior Fellowship. Fast Company magazine named him as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs three years in a row.

Originator of the Encore career idea, Freedman played a central role in establishing Experience Corps – now AARP Experience Corps – mobilizing thousands of individuals over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in 22 U.S. cities. He also spearheaded the creation of the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life, and the Encore Fellows program, a one-year fellowship helping individuals translate their midlife skills into second acts focused on social impact.

A high honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Freedman holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. He resides in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife, Leslie Gray, and their three boys.

About Boomer Generation Radio

Boomer Generation Radio is sponsored in part by Kendal Corporation, a Quaker-based provider of continuing care retirement communities in the Northeast and Midwest, airs on WWDB-AM 860 every Tuesday at 10 a.m., and features news and conversation aimed at Baby Boomers and the issues facing them as members of what Rabbi Address calls “the club sandwich generation.” You can hear the show live on AM 860, or streamed live from the WWDB website.

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