People who are between midlife and old age are looking for another round of service with the same motivations that young people have—to give back, to have an adventure, to acquire experience, and to gain credentials and credibility.
The goal of Marc Freedman is to create a language, mindset, and cultural infrastructure around a new stage of life—the Encore Career. It's that period after your main income-producing career ends but before complete retirement begins. We all know it's there, but aren't quite sure what to call it. Until now.
There are four major work+life fit transitions that spark a fundamental rethinking of the way work fits into the rest of life: parenthood, illness, elder care, and retirement. Historically, our response to each of these reset points has been very black and white: I either work full-time, as I am now, or I don't work at all.
These ten organizations comprise our honor roll of 2009 Social Enterprises of the Year. Will all of these ideas work in the long run and on a grand scale? Perhaps not. But they represent the kind of innovative thinking that can transform lives and change our world.
We have found them: Nine bold and timely ideas that wow us — and that have earned these organizations a place alongside Enterprise Community Partners on our honor roll of 2009 Social Enterprises of the Year.