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Eldera: Unlocking the Social Capital of Older Adults with Dorian Mintzer and Dana Griffin

Eldera is all about bringing forth the Era of the Elders. Eldera.ai is a virtual multigenerational village where generations come together to connect, learn from each other, have fun, and create a better future for all. Eldera connects kids worldwide with vetted older mentors for weekly virtual connections, which may include conversation, storytime, and activities.

The kids benefit from social-emotional learning and increased resilience, elders benefit from a sense of purpose and expanded community, and most importantly, everyone experiences more joy. Eldera is the opposite of eldercare — it is built on the belief that elders want and need to care for the next generation — it is in our DNA.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • How do we define the social capital of older adults?
  • How can technology make it available at scale?
  • How can it impact societal change?
  • How can we envision a new intergenerational societal infrastructure?

About Dana Griffin:

Dana Griffin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eldera.ai, the purpose-driven global platform for older adults. She is on a mission to tap into the time and wisdom of one billion elders worldwide as a new natural resource for the next generation. Dana was raised by her grandparents in Transylvania, Romania, and has been guided by elder mentors throughout her life.

A former data and advertising executive turned age-tech entrepreneur, AI for Good advocate, and author of multiple trademarks and patents focused on aging and wisdom, Dana serves on BrightFocus Foundation and AI Commons boards. She has been advising, consulting, and speaking internationally about principled uses of AI for innovation, policy, and social impact and was recognized by AdAge as a “40 under 40 Changing the Advertising Industry.” A Vedic meditator and outspoken fan of interesting people and good food, Dana spends her time cooking, training in Krav Maga, and exploring human consciousness.

Get in touch with Dana Griffin:
Visit Dana's website: https://www.eldera.ai/

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Senior Entrepreneurs Are Driving More Social Innovation Worldwide with Dorian Mintzer and Elizabeth Isele

Social innovation is much more than having an idea. Real innovation is recognizing the value of that idea and operationalizing it through social enterprise. Research demonstrates that, contrary to the media image of an entrepreneur as a tech-savvy youth, senior entrepreneurs (aged 50+) are creating more businesses worldwide than any other age group, and an overwhelming number are creating social enterprises, including green businesses.

That being said, we should bear in mind that while experience fuels innovation, experience is also regenerative, so the opportunity is at hand to intentionally facilitate knowledge transfer across generations and foster dynamic, innovative decision-making. Catalyzing multigenerational experience generates new insights, perspectives, and multiple paths to solutions.

In this episode, you will discover:

  • how senior entrepreneurs activate and scale social innovation;
  • how older adults can be more innovative than their younger counterparts;
  • how shared intergenerational knowledge is a unique social and economic opportunity to drive innovation, boost workplace engagement, productivity, and profitability, and successful new business startups that can result in healthier societies, a more sustainable environment, and robust economies – and provide specific examples.

About Elizabeth Isele:

Recognized globally as a pioneering senior and intergenerational entrepreneurship expert, Elizabeth Isele is leading a movement to transform the culture of aging and retirement. Her passion to ignite a Silver Economy by unleashing the experience and the potential of 50+ year-olds to drive economic markets and generate social and environmental impact is grounded in data and metrics. Elizabeth embodies the Silver Economy. As a septuagenarian, after a distinguished career as an award-winning editor and author, she founded The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship, a comprehensive, cross-sector (business, government, education, and research) ecosystem to catalyze and support intergenerational experience in the Future of Work, Entrepreneurship, and Artificial Intelligence.

She is also a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation and Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, and an Associate Fellow in Finance and Global Economics at The Royal Institute of International Affairs: Chatham House in London, UK.

In the fall of 2021, she was interviewed by Globant for their Be One of a Kind series to share the one-of-a-kind VALUE of workers aged 50+. She has also published numerous reports, articles, and op-ed pieces on 50+ entrepreneurship and is continually quoted and profiled in the media and publications such as the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, etc. Elizabeth was named a Journalism in Aging Fellow by the MetLife Foundation and the Gerontological Society of America, a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Foundation Fellow, and an Influencer in Aging by PBS NextAvenue.org.

Get in touch with Elizabeth Isele:
Visit Elizabeth's website: https://experieneurship.com/

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The Spirituality of Age with Bob Weber and Carol Orsborn

As we enter the years beyond midlife, our quest for an approach to aging takes on added urgency and becomes even more relevant in our daily lives. Empowering a new generation of seekers to view aging as a spiritual path, authors Robert Weber and Carol Orsborn reveal that by engaging with the difficult questions about loss, meaning, and mortality — questions, we can no longer put off or ignore –that we continue to grow. In fact, the realization of our full spiritual potential comes about not by avoiding the challenges aging brings our way but by working through them.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • The spiritual path is wide, and the spiritual tent is very large. If religion assists your spiritual growth in aging, be grateful. If you are spiritual but not religious, be grateful and continue to seek the path of spiritual opportunities inherent in your aging.
  • You, readers and listeners, are invited to grapple with the same 25 questions as the authors and to “live the questions” until you live your way through to your own answer, hopefully, encouraged by Bob and Carol's conversational and candid style, their insightful and compassionate guidance, and their anecdotes, inspirational readings, and spiritual exercises.
  • Grow whole and resilient, learning not only learn to cope–but also to soar – by engaging deeply with both the shadow and light sides of your own aging experience and by discovering that the spiritual opportunities of your life occur, not in spite of, but because of what you are facing and living.

About Bob Weber:
Recipient of the American Society on Aging's 2014 Religion, Spirituality, and Aging Award, Robert L. Weber, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Psychology, part-time at Harvard Medical School and a former Jesuit. He also serves as a Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry faculty member. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has a psychological practice.

About Carol Orsborn:
Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fierce with Age: The Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration, and Spirituality. The author of more than 20 books for and about the Boomer generation and popular blogs on Huffington Post, PBS's NextAvenue.net, and BeliefNet.com, Carol has a doctorate in the History and Criticism of Religion served on the faculties of Georgetown University and Loyola Marymount University. She lives in Madison, Tennessee.

Get in touch with Bob Weber and Carol Orsborn:

Buy Bob and Carol's book: https://revolutionizeretirement.com/spirituality
Visit Bob and Carol's website: http://spiritualityofage.com/

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50+ Finding Your Life Balance Between Time, Money, and Joy with Dorian Mintzer and Glenn Frank

Think about it. Most decisions throughout life are an implicit tradeoff between time, money, and happiness. At this critical juncture, an explicit, step-by-step process could create the epiphany you desire while avoiding the outcome you may fear!

What does “retirement” look like for you? The devil is in the details. How will you actually spend each day when 40+ hours become available? Are your cash flows well planned and what are reasonable assumptions to use in your calculations? Do you know what will likely drive your happiness? Rather than a trial-and-error approach with seemingly endless options, it may be best first to determine what will actually work in your life!

Join award-winning financial advisor Glenn Frank while he walks you through his approach to define your next steps as discussed in his retirement planning guide, Your Encore – How to Balance Time, Money, and Joy. There are thousands of wonderful books on time management, finances, happiness, and purpose. This book uniquely connects these interrelated topics for people at their “What's Next” crossroads.

In this episode, you will discover:

  • How “The Joy Matrix” can simplify choice management (what you do and who you do it with) to boost your happiness.
  • How to roughly calculate “Your Work Optional Number.”
  • Common financial and emotional pitfalls.
  • How to begin maximizing your “Happiness per Dollar” and “Happiness per Hour.”

About Glenn Frank:

Glenn Frank is the Director of Education at Lexington Wealth Management. He maintains the website TimeMoneyAndJoy.com for his outside educational endeavors and to provide resources for his followers. As a financial advisor and educator for over 30 years, his work has centered on helping people maximize happiness within the confines of their personal time and financial limitations.

Glenn received the 2019 “Planner of the Year” award from the Massachusetts Financial Planning Association. He was listed by WORTH Magazine for ten years as one of the top advisors in the US. In 1996 Professor Frank was the founding director of Bentley University's Master's Program in Financial Planning.

Professor Frank has authored and has been interviewed for numerous articles, white papers, books, newspapers & magazines, and is the author of the book, Your Encore Retirement Planning Guide – How to Balance Time, Money and Joy. Glenn is a sought-after speaker at conferences, podcasts, and webinars.

Get in touch with Glenn Frank:
Buy Glenn's book, https://revolutionizeretirement.com/GlennFrankbook
Visit Glenn's website: https://www.timemoneyandjoy.com/
Access Glenn's handout: https://revolutionizeretirement.com/frankslides
Access 10 Toughest Questions to Ask an Advisor: https://revolutionizeretirement.com/10questions

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Vital Signs: The Nurture of Passion as We Age with Dorian Mintzer and Gregg Levoy

An affirmative approach to aging takes into account that new parts of us are always clamoring for airtime. The soul and spirit don't “retire” even if our careers do, and there's a difference between getting older and growing older.

These parts of us could be passions and creative leaps, service projects and leadership roles in the community, a new line of work or an exploration of some non-work modes of expression, or simply rediscovering the sense of wonder and love of learning. They ask us to continually reinvent ourselves and stay close to our deepest sense of passion and purpose.

In this episode, we'll explore the nature and nurture of passion as we age – what inspires it and what defeats it, how we lose it, and how we get it back.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • Passion can be cultivated and turned on as well as turned off
  • Passion is in the risk-the willingness to step from the sidelines onto the playing field.
  • Passion breeds passion, and disinterest breeds disinterest. If we lack passion in our own lives, our other relationships will be denied that energy.
  • Passion is more than exuberance; it's endurance.
  • Passion is intimately related to health. To the degree passion is vitality, honoring our passions enhances our vitality.

About Gregg Levoy:

Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (rated among the Top 20 Career Publications by the Workforce Information Group) and Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion, is the former behavioral specialist at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today.

He has presented at the International Conference on Positive Aging, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and many others. He has been a frequent media guest, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR, and PBS.

A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Reader's Digest, and many others.

Get in touch with Gregg Levoy:
Buy Gregg's book, https://revolutionizeretirement.com/levoy
Visit Gregg's website, https://gregglevoy.com/

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