Who We Are: The How and Why
The impetus for Encore Boston Network (EBN) came during an Encore.org conference in late 2011, when a number of encore leaders from Boston realized they had each traveled 2,700 miles to meet in San Francisco and had never met as a group back home. Within a month, the group gathered in Boston and immediately began to discuss who else should be at the table, what could be achieved by working together, and how to get organized for action.
We formed a steering committee and held more meetings to agree on a mission and set priorities. A launch event introduced the network and the encore idea to a cross-section of community leaders, and our journey began.
The national Encore Network is a resource for leaders and organizations in the encore movement, which taps the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. For more information, click the Encore Network logo.
The social challenges facing Greater Boston, as for the nation, are growing at a pace that outstrips our ability to address them if we use the same approaches that have served us in the past. Encore Boston Network sees a solution: connecting the half-million people in the Boston area, near traditional retirement age and beyond, who want to use their well-honed skills and life experience to make a difference with the employers that work to strengthen our communities. Creating pathways that connect these two to create a better future for Greater Boston is the heart of our mission.
The Encore Ecosystem
Encore Boston Network has its roots in the encore movement, which is, in turn, rooted in the positive aging movement. Positive aging seeks to change the way we think about what’s possible as people grow older. It sees age as an opportunity, not a burden.
The encore movement takes this idea a step further. By actively harnessing the talent and energy of people at midlife and beyond, the movement seeks to tackle the urgent societal needs of our time. Under the leadership of Encore.org and its founder and CEO, Marc Freedman, the encore movement has spawned a number of innovative initiatives.
The Encore Network was formed as a national community of learning and collaboration for the leaders of these initiatives, along with organizations whose focus is related. Encore Boston Network belongs to the Encore Network to share knowledge, leverage resources and work collaboratively with peers in other regions. Drawing from this experience and support helps us better serve our members and ultimately the communities of Greater Boston.