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Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life
     

Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life

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by Marc Freedman
 

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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

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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four U.S. residents will be over age 60 by the year 2030, his book serves as a wake-up call warning that we are using outdated models for viewing the pending surge of retirement-age workers.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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586486341
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
564,140
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

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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Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kahipd More than 1 year ago
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.