Freedman to give ‘Encore’ presentation

The George Warren Brown School of Social Work will host a lecture by Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and author of the groundbreaking book “Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life” at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in Brown Hall Lounge.

The lecture, titled “Realizing the Experience Dividend — Boomers and the Invention of a New Stage of Work,” is free and open to the public. Freedman’s book will be available for purchase and there will be a signing after the event.

By 2010, nearly 40 percent of the American workforce will begin to reach traditional retirement age, making baby boomers the largest, best-educated and healthiest cohort of retirees ever to approach this juncture.

In his lecture, Freedman will describe how this generation is eschewing retirement and redefining work as this cohort pursues “encore careers” at the intersection of continued income, new meaning and social impact.

Civic Ventures is a think tank and incubator working to help society achieve the greatest return on experience.

Freedman also is co-founder of Experience Corps, the nation’s largest nonprofit national service program engaging Americans over 55, and The Purpose Prize, the nation’s first prize for, and biggest investment in, social innovators over 60.

Freedman’s earlier books include “Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America” and “The Kindness of Strangers: Adult Mentors, Urban Youth, and the New Volunteerism.”

The lecture, co-sponsored by the Center for Social Development and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service, is part of the Brown School’s 2007-08 lecture series.

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