Are you a Baby Boomer with a good second act story to tell?
Then the Center for Productive Longevity wants to hear from you.
The organization, which seeks to stimulate the substantially increased engagement of people 55 and older in productive activities, is sponsoring what it is calling the Later-Life Story Contest.
“We look forward to learning about the trailblazers around the country and to celebrating their stories,” said William Zinke, 85, founder and president of CPL, in a statement today.
“We believe that this contest can achieve these three objectives and look forward to sharing success stories with the public.”
There are two categories: entrepreneurship success stories and inspiration life stories. The center has three objectives in promoting the contest:
1) Stimulate people to continue leading meaningful and rewarding lives after reaching the age of 55.
It noted that Baby Boomers at one time believed that when they reached a certain age (55, 60, 65), they were over the hill. “Many of them need to understand that, with their increased longevity, they have the opportunity to become entrepreneurs or to lead inspirational lives,” said the center.
2) Demonstrate that older people can remain productively engaged and live inspiring lives into their latter 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond.
“At a time when unemployment is high and economic growth low, creating a new business is a bright spot on a gloomy employment horizon,” it said. “Stories about how older entrepreneurs have successfully taken the new-business route may stimulate others to do so. Stories about how people 55 and older have led inspirational lives may have a similar impact.”
3) Change the pervasive national mindset that when people reach a certain age, they should move to the sidelines.
Said the center “This thinking encourages older workers to shed the wrinkles, hide the years, and pretend to be younger than they are. With people living substantially longer lives, Americans must recognize and find ways to enable this large and growing talent pool to continue adding value.”
The contest begins June 1, 2012 and ends on August 31, 2012 with the winner in each category selected by a panel of three independent judges. Each winner will receive $1,000 and a specially designed trophy. The best stories will be posted on the CPL website throughout the duration of the contest. The winners will be announced on October 1, 2012 and will be posted on the CPL website (ctrpl.org) under “Success Stories”.
See details here.