The average age of Southeast Michigan's population is steadily increasing; this aging population presents opportunity and immense untapped resources.
50+ individuals possess knowledge and maturity that offer tremendous potential to shape and grow our future economy. They enrich the business community, increase entrepreneurship, and mentor others in ways that help BOOM! our new economy.
BOOM! The New Economy is a collaboration between AARP Michigan, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation, Operation ABLE of Michigan, and TechTown.
The partners of BOOM! The New Economy strive to create pathways for the 50+ adult to pursue career changes, entrepreneurship, and meaningful volunteer service.
BOOM! The New Economy also aims to promote the values and importance of the older adult in the workplace and the marketplace.
Marc Freedman, Founder and CEO of Civic Ventures
"Boomers Launching Encore Careers"
A collaboration engaging Southeast Michigan’s adults ages 50+ in ways that help to BOOM the region’s new economy
To transform Southeast Michigan's
economy by assisting adults 50+
towards career change,
entrepreneurship, and meaningful
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54 to 69
American baby boomers, people born between 1946 and 1964
people turning 65 every day in America
baby boomers already involved in civic and for profit ventures
older adults looking for an encore career
age group setting up the most new companies in the U.S.
explore a change of career, tapping into entrepreneurship and serving others through meaningful volunteer service?
Purpose Prize winner, Randal Charlton, is doing just that... and then some! He's one of five people that was awarded $100,000 to help create an impact in the community. Want to learn more about his work? Be sure to watch the attached video.
Go to www.encore.org to learn more about the next stage of your life and all the 2011 Purpose Prize winners.
Randal Charlton, 2011 Purpose Prize Winner
"Encore Entrepreneurs and BOOM! The New Economy"
2012 copyright Encore Careers
The following is excerpted from a Facebook posting by Encore.org.
What if you could completely change the economic situation in an entire community by encouraging adults to
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From Encore.org, posted 12/05/2012 - 06:29:18am by Marc Freedman
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are five stories that reveal the power of
social innovation – and the capacity of individuals in their encore careers.
I’m proud to introduce this year’s $100,000 Purpose Prize winners. Each of
them identified a significant, seemingly intractable social problem. Guided by experience, drawing on creativity and anchored in pragmatism, they set out
to find solutions. In their 60s, they are changing the world, and with it perceptions
of what is possible for millions of others flooding into the second half of life.
Bhagwati (B.P.) Agrawal, 68, brings safe drinking water to six villages in India,
home to 10,000 people. He’s doing it by collecting rain.
Susan Burton, 61, a former drug addict, was in and out of jail for 20 years.
Now she helps formerly incarcerated women in Los Angeles stay out of jail.
Judy Cockerton, 61, winner of this year’s Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Innovation, sponsored by AARP, creates innovative ways people can help
foster kids in Massachusetts – including serving as “honorary grandparents.”
Thomas Cox, 68, a pro bono lawyer in Maine who exposed massive fraud
among mortgage lenders, teaches other lawyers how to protect homeowners
from unfair lending practices.
Lorraine Decker, 64, is taking her know-how as a financial planner to help
low-income families in Houston earn more and to prepare teens for the
financial rigors of adulthood.
Check out the 2012 Purpose Prize Winners