Thursday, April 7
The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Mid-Life
Everyday, a gray-haired mass of Americans is hitting retirement age, morphing suddenly into senior citizens, trading baby strollers for walkers and wheelchairs. We all share a somewhat similar vision of what getting older looks like – until, that is, we actually get there. My next guest says the sixty-some things heading our way will invent an entirely new stage of life —a period he calls – “the encore years” — between the end of middle adulthood and anything resembling old age and retirement. Modern realities are such that people need to work, but they want work that matters and don't know how to find it. What's more, they are thinking as much about "who they'll be" in the coming stage, as "what they'll do." Marc Freedman is the author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife. He’s also the founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. He will be at Harvard Bookstore at 7pm tonight.