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Creating a Grassroots Force to Change Policy and Build Community with Dorian Minzter, Bruce Frankel, and Paul Nagle

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Bruce Frankel and Paul E. Nagle will discuss the creation of Stonewall Village NYC, which aims to build a movement for LGBTQ-friendly housing and an intergenerational community to protect and care for NYC's LGBTQ elders, who are among the city's most lonely, impoverished, excluded and threatened citizens.

About Bruce Frankel and Paul Nagle:
Bruce R. Frankel is a partner in Redstring, a community-building technology and business, and its chief content officer. He is also co-president of The Life Planning Network and of LPN's New England Chapter, author of What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?, and co-editor of Live Smart After 50! The Experts Guide to Life For Uncertain Times. He also wrote World War II: History's Greatest Conflict. Before turning his attention to aging issues, he was a prize-winning journalist, the New York-based national reporter for USA Today, and a senior writer and editor for People magazine. He earned his MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College at age 53.

Paul E. Nagle is the executive director of Stonewall Community Development Corporation, which seeks to partner with commercial developers to create affordable housing for LGBTQ elders. He is directing the creation of Stonewall Village NYC, a vibrant virtual village to support the elder LGBTQ population of New York with education-facilitation for LGBT housing opportunities, programs and services to support aging in place, health, and socialization to end isolation, and more. Paul was previously the executive director of Cultural Strategies Initiative in NYC and director of communications and cultural policy for a member of the NYC Council. He has a background in international cultural policy, which he studied at NYU.

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The Search: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World with Dorian Mintzer and Bruce Feiler

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Are you at the threshold of a new phase in your life, ready to rediscover (and redefine) how you will continue to work and find purpose in your next chapter? New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler joins us to chat about how to find meaning, balance, and joy at a time when many of us feel stuck, confused, and unsure about our next steps.

America at large is at a once-in-a-generation turning point in work: 70% of Americans are unhappy with what they do. A million people a week quit their job-that's a third of the workforce. Another third question how they work, where they work, and when they work. The Search: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World is a timely and revelatory portrait of today's workers that offers a bold new roadmap for finding work you love based on the life stories of hundreds of Americans.

The Search reveals that many of us are using an outdated operator's manual around work. We've been told you need to have a career; there is one path to success; you should always be reaching higher and wanting more. Few ideas have squandered more potential. The Search offers a new model of success that is flexible, personal, and designed by each individual to meet their own needs.
Bruce will share some of the key ideas that emerged from his work on the book, in addition to questions you can ask yourself to help you find the path that will guide you towards a truly meaningful life, inside and outside of the workplace.

In this program, you'll discover:

  • Statistics that help identify this unique turning point in American work.
  • Aggregate insights from over 1,500 hours of interviews with Americans from all walks of life.
  • 21 questions you can ask yourself to find work you love.

About Bruce Feiler:

Bruce Feiler is one of America's most thoughtful voices on contemporary life. He is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers. His three TED Talks have been viewed more than four million times, and he teaches the TED Course How to Master Life Transitions. His latest book, The Search: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World, is a bold new roadmap for finding meaning and purpose at work based on insights drawn from hundreds of life stories.

Employing a firsthand approach to his work, Bruce is known for living the experiences he writes about. His work combines timeless wisdom with timely knowledge to allow people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy. For two decades, he has explored the intersection of families, relationships, and well-being.

A long-time columnist for the New York Times, Bruce Feiler writes the popular newsletter The Nonlinear Life about navigating life's ups and downs. He has contributed to The New Yorker, Parade, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. He has been the subject of a Jay Leno joke and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters.

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Navigating Your Second Career: Finding Passion, Purpose and a Paycheck 50+ with Dorian Mintzer and Lynda Smith

Episode Guest: Lynda Smith, a Wisdom Preserver and Connection Specialist who lives and works in South Africa

Episode Description:
Modern life affords us many options to traditional retirement that can provide a financial reward, intellectual stimulation, flexibility and freedom, emotional fulfillment, and overall well-being during your mature years. How do you plan and pursue alternatives to traditional retirement – including coaching, volunteer work, starting a second career, starting your own business, traveling, learning new skills, and enjoying family and friends?

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • How longevity and technology are changing the landscape
  • What tools to use to unlock and navigate your unique journey
  • How money and meaning are both currencies
  • Tools to help you discover our passion and purpose

About Lynda Smith:
South African Social entrepreneur, Lynda Smith, is at the forefront of a social movement to plan the extended work lives of 50-plus workers in both quality and duration – to benefit both individual and national development – and is regarded as a thought leader and advocate for the 50-plus generation. To this end, Lynda's 50-Plus Skills provides a forum for soon-to-be-retired or retired individuals to plan their future lives, upskill, engage with like-minded individuals or contribute in terms of voluntary mentoring programs or hands-on involvement in the social sector.

Lynda's empathy, passion, socially conscious outlook, and wealth of experience in both education and business provide the perfect foundation for an organization that helps clear the mists of uncertainty around the question commonly asked by retirees, “What now?”

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Write! Transform Your Experience into Content That Matters with Dorian Mintzer and Kathryn Britton

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What will happen to the wisdom you've gained from experience and the stories of the life you alone have lived? Do you keep promising yourself to write them down but never quite get around to it? Do you delete almost as many words as you write? Do you write things that never get shared?

Nobody is born knowing how to write. Like any skill, writing improves with deliberate practice and attention. Although there is no single recipe that works for every writer, there are common ingredients that recur in successful writing practices. One of the best ways to discover your own recipe is to adopt an experimental mindset and try various approaches until you find what works for you. This month's guest, Kathryn Britton, has helped hundreds of writers get past writer's block and find their own voices. 

In this program, you'll discover some of the techniques in her book, Sit Write Share, which includes:

  • 13 Sit experiments to help you get your writing started, escape writer's block, defeat internal gremlins, build habits, and find inspiration.
  • 26 Write experiments to help you imagine your message, create a rough draft, and then edit in phases until your polished version emerges.
  • 16 Share experiments to help you get support, publish, and spread your message to those who need it.

About Kathryn Britton:

Kathryn Britton did not start out intending to focus on writing. In her 30-year career as a software engineer, it was a surprise to find herself writing more prose than code, producing design documents, patent applications, and papers.

In 2006, Kathryn earned a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree in the pioneer class for the program at the University of Pennsylvania. Searching for a new career that would contribute to worldwide well-being led her to work with writers. In 2013, she ran her first writers' workshop. Since then, more than 140 people have gathered in regular workshop meetings. More than 3700 writing submissions have gone through this process. She also coaches individual authors and has edited several of their books. Some of her clients call her “the midwife of words.”

Kathryn continues to write with zest herself. She has published more than 100 articles online. Her books include Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person's Guide to Optimal Health and Performance, Character Strengths Matter, Thriving Women Thriving World, and Sit Write Share.

A resident of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Kathryn is overjoyed to be the close-by grandmother of two preschool boys.

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Redefining Retirement: What’s Your Encore? with Dorian Mintzer and Larry Jacobson

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Why is it important to have a non-financial plan for your retirement? Almost everyone has some sort of financial plan because that's what we see on TV and billboards. Do you have enough money to retire? For those who do, that's not the only important question. What you do with your time and how you find a new social network, purpose, and fulfillment are also of critical importance to a happy retirement.

In this program, you'll discover:

  • 9 areas that need to be addressed for a smooth transition from a career to retirement
  • 8 key categories to a full and balanced retirement

About Larry Jacobson:

“Retirement is not the end, but rather the opportunity for a new beginning,” says Larry Jacobson, a leading authority on non-fiscal retirement planning. Jacobson uses his successful business career, retirement from the corporate world, and achieving his personal dreams as a proven model for his coaching. His experience has attracted coaching clients from all walks of life, including entrepreneurs, CEOs, doctors, attorneys, teachers, and public figures.

Jacobson believes retirement is not a time to stop growing, and he coaches clients to discover untapped passions. He then combines these passions with their past knowledge and experience to build a plan of action for a retirement of fulfillment and purpose. Jacobson is also known for leadership, entrepreneurship, and public speaking coaching.

Successfully transitioning from CEO to sailor, Jacobson achieved his lifelong dream of sailing around the world. After that accomplishment, he transformed himself into a six-time literary award-winning author and motivational speaker. Now Buoy Coaching & Training focuses on coaching programs that rethink and redefine retirement. The groundbreaking program Sail Into Retirement combines home study and personal coaching feedback has quickly achieved notoriety in the field.

A California native, circumnavigator, and adventurer, Jacobson has over 50,000 blue water miles under his keel. His books include the six-time award-winning memoir of his six-year circumnavigation, The Boy Behind the Gate, and his recent Let's Go! — a children's version of his journey around the world. He also recently published Navigating Entrepreneurship, in which he shares solutions and practical steps to success in an online video training course. Larry lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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