“You’re moving beyond midlife careers yet refusing to fade out or fade away. You’re searching for a calling in the second half of life, crafting encore careers that combine not only continued income but the promise of more meaning – and the chance to do work that means something beyond yourself. You’re headed for an encore.” This is the philosophy upon which Encore.org’s mission is based.
Encore.org is a nonprofit organization encouraging the movement of pursuing a second career later in life. These fittingly named, “Encore Careers,” combine personal meaning and positive social impact. You can create a change, to make the world a better place at any stage in life. This concept is exemplified by Encore’s annual Purpose Prize competition that awards $100,000 to at least one person 60 years and older who is using their second career to better their communities.
Over eight years and counting, Purpose Prize has awarded grants to over 430 winners and fellows. This year seven remarkable people have received the Purpose Prize for their rewarding encore careers that are truly making a difference. The 2013 winners are: Elizabeth Huttinger, Carol Fennelly, Ed Nicholson, Barbara Young, Ysabel Duron, Vicki Thomas, and Violet Little. From curing disease and aiding war veterans to building family relationships for imprisoned parents, the wide range of good that the Purpose Prize winners are bringing to their communities is heart warming. Learn more about the 2013 winners and their meaningful second careers here.
Short videos were created to show the inspiration behind the encore work of each of the 2013 Purose Prize winners. Ed Kashi/VII along with Jessey Dearing shot video and stills of the grantees who are using “their energy, passion and experience to improve the lives of people in their communities and around the globe.” Produced and edited by Talking Eyes Media, these videos help to spread the inspiration. Get inspired; watch the videos here!