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For Retirees, Social Entrepreneurship Is Better Than Golf

Interesting article from the Harvard Business Review that makes you wonder how Christians could leverage their retirement to a more exciting life... 

Let's say you're someone over 55 who has enjoyed roaring success in your career, launched your kids, called it quits. You've made your mark and your moolah, and you want to do more than spend your sunset years hanging out on a golf course in Florida.
You want to give back. Donating to charity feels too bloodless. You hate mosquitoes, so the Peace Corps is out. What's a socially conscious "third-ager" to do?

Randy Antik faced this conundrum. A 66-year old retired CEO from Dallas, Antik had noticed that a lot of his kindred souls in the upscale neighborhood of Naples, Florida felt the same restless desire to make a difference as he did. But they didn't know how to go about it.

A longtime aficionado of ideas conferences like TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival, Antik decided to start his own gathering, and so the Imagine Solutions Conference, which took place in Naples recently, was born.

About 500 CEOs, former CEOs and community leaders — nearly all of whom sported little, or white, hair — paid $2000 a pop to hear from big thinkers such as Ken Dychtwald, Niall Ferguson, Peter Diamandis and Nick Negroponte.

But more to the point, they also connected with 11 young people who are addressing critical problems in education, health care delivery, energy and environmental depletion, and the faltering economy. One of these "socialpreneurs" was Rebecca Onie, whose organization Project Health is setting up "family help desks" in medical clinics to help needy patients. Doctors at the clinics "prescribe" food and housing for patients who are connected to a network of volunteers and resources. Read the rest of the article on the Harvard Review Site

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