Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life [NOOK Book]


In one of the most significant social trends of the new century, and the biggest transformation of the American workforce since the women’s movement, members of the baby boom generation are inventing a new phase of work.

Encore tells the stories of encore career pioneers who are not content, or affluent enough, to spend their next thirty years on a golf course. These men and women are moving beyond midlife careers yet refusing to phase out or fade away. As they search for a ...

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In one of the most significant social trends of the new century, and the biggest transformation of the American workforce since the women’s movement, members of the baby boom generation are inventing a new phase of work.

Encore tells the stories of encore career pioneers who are not content, or affluent enough, to spend their next thirty years on a golf course. These men and women are moving beyond midlife careers yet refusing to phase out or fade away. As they search for a calling in the second half of life and focus on what matters most, these individuals stand to transform the nature of work in America. They also hold the potential to create a society that balances the joys and responsibilities of contribution across the generations—in other words, one that works better for all of us.

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Library Journal

Freedman (founding CEO, Civic Ventures: Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America) has written a wonderful summary and guide for boomers entering their next phase of life. In his words, "We need to be liberated from artificial notions such as 'retirement age' and the oxymoronic concept 'working in retirement.' " With predictions that one in four U.S. residents will be over age 60 by the year 2030, his book serves as a wake-up call warning that we are using outdated models for viewing the pending surge of retirement-age workers. Rather than approaching retirement as a time for leisure, he argues, boomers should be using their knowledge and experience to pursue fulfilling second careers. Freedman effectively uses personal accounts of individuals who have successfully bridged careers to find rewarding and meaningful work in later life. He puts retirement into historical perspective and gives a thorough description of current demographics, concluding with a guide to finding your own particular encore career. This thoroughly readable book is highly recommended for academic and public libraries.
—Mary Grace Flaherty

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586485887
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 725,713
  • File size: 671 KB

Meet the Author

Marc Freedman
Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, is a frequent commentator in the national media and the author of both Prime Time and The Kindness of Strangers. Freedman spearheaded the creation of The Experience Corps and The Purpose Prize. In 2007 and again in 2008 he was selected by Fast Company as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs. He lives in San Francisco.

Photographer Alex Harris traveled across the country to make the portraits in Encore and is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University and co founder DoubleTake magazine. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

The Freedom to Work     1
Velma Simpson     27
Inventing the Golden Years     34
Robert Chambers     57
The Perfect Storm     67
Jacqueline Khan     89
A Fresh Map of Life     98
Ed Speedling     123
Contested Terrain     131
Sally Bingham     159
The Encore Society     166
Your Encore     201
Notes     223
Further Reading     239
Acknowledgments     243
Index     247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2007

    Guide for a New Generation

    For the past dozen years or so, my chief passion has been to study, write about, and talk about the challenges and unbounded opportunities awarded current generations by the gift of longevity--the 20-30 added years of active adulthood awaiting our rapidly maturing and longer-lived society. My inspiration has been drawn from such serious scholars and forebearers as Robert Butler, Peter Drucker, and John Gardner. And it's blended with some small wisdom gained in more than 25 years of post-midlife experience. Today, I've discovered a new hero to follow in the heritage of Gardner, Drucker, and Butler: social enterprise innovator and author Marc Freedman. He brings to the scene fresh energy and invention, plus a novel approach and subtle but forceful strategy for resolving the confounding and persistent challenges of learning how to live well and beneficially for an extra generation. His ideas are consistent with the theme, spirit, and content of his latest book: Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life. This visionary volume is an uncommonly thoughtful and bold endorsement of keeping the eldest third of our more durable population active, alert, healthy, productive, and essentially self-supporting over the course of a new and socially beneficial working age that begins after midlife. Here's my quick take on Marc's plan. It is built on the clear understanding that folks nearing, at, or beyond midlife represent a significant resource of experience, savvy, mature vision, and human vitality. Prospectively, their continued engagement and involvement in America's work life can provide our nation and our people with an incalculable advantage in coping with the demands of leadership and partnership in a global community. 'Longer work lives, by Freedman's reckoning, are a certainty for current generations--especially for baby boomers.' The opening gambit in his plan is a relatively straightforward, three-phase investigation of added career options appropriate to an extended work life. 1. Identify those who enjoy and are committed to their current work. Ask them to confirm their chances or options for staying on the job. 2. Help others explore and evaluate as accurately as possible their short term and long term working options and opportunities. 3. Broaden the inquiry to include a search for criteria that will clearly show what factors most strongly influence new career choices. The Encore book is basic to this process. It is packed with clear, concise testimony, advice, instruction, resources, and references for 'finding work that matters.' It also calls for a reawakening of our individual zest for making an inimitable imprint on the lives of those around us and the world in which we live. Happily, it's a good read, too. Try it, you'll like it. Carl Atkinson San Rafael, California

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    Ask yourself why you¿re interested in this book. If you¿re looki

    Ask yourself why you’re interested in this book. If you’re looking for guidance on establishing your own encore career, I’d suggest you look elsewhere. If you’re interested, however, in learning about others starting a second career in the public sector, then this could be your book.
    Freedman is a good story teller, but makes the assumption that baby boomers will turn away in droves from their jobs in the profit sector to devote their retirement years to helping others as teachers, government workers, or in the health field among others. He fails to realize that many will prefer to stay in their for-profit endeavors because the money is good, or may want to stop work entirely, or like me, go from a 30 year career in government to start a for profit company.
    Freedman is an idealist who dreams of what Baby Boomers can be, instead of being a realist and describing what is likely to happen.

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