Skoll Foundation’s New Winners, Harvard Business Review Essay and More

December 13, 2012 by

We just got this letter from Ruth Wooden, Board Chair, and had to share:

Last week was a big one for The Purpose Prize – with coverage of the 2012 winners in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Boston Globe and more. (See here.)

The energy continues this week with founder and CEO Marc Freedman’s new piece for Harvard Business Review, about the significance of social innovation and living with purpose in the second half of life. The message: Don’t just leave a legacy, live one.

Freedman’s essay came a couple of days after The New York Times published a commentary from‘s Marci Alboher, describing the passage to encore careers that so many are navigating – and signaling the December 18 publication of The Encore Career Handbook. The step-by-step guide to finding an encore career makes a great holiday gift. (If you email your receipt by January 1, you’ll get access to a special online advice session with Marci. Find details here.)

Beyond The Purpose Prize and The Encore Career Handbook, I’m pleased that has been in the news for a variety of reasons lately, including some honors:

AARP The Magazine named Freedman one of “The Influentials,” the 50 people over 50 “affecting your life – and your future.” (He joins the likes of Stanford University researcher Laura Carstensen, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett, even rock legend Bruce Springsteen.)

U.S. News & World Report explored Freedman’s vision for “how people can approach their later years.”

• Mark Walton, an award-winning former CNN reporter, featured Freedman in a recent PBS program about the boundless potential we have in midlife and beyond. (See the trailer here.)

C-SPAN aired Freedman’s talk to the Commonwealth Club of California – about the new map of life – on all three of its networks.

• Marketplace Money economics editor and Bloomberg Businessweek columnist Chris Farrell named Freedman’s The Big Shift one of “The 7 Best Books for Your Money and Career.”

• And the Stanford Social Innovation Review looked at how The Encore Fellowships Network has rapidly expanded opportunities for experienced, private sector professionals to transition to the nonprofit sector.

I hope you’ll take some time to read this wonderful news about, as we strive to make it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good.

Get inspired, and please spread the word!





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