6 Outstanding Social Innovators

By Eunice Lin Nichols, director, The Purpose Prize, Encore.org Six outstanding social innovators will receive a total of $300,000 in cash prizes as winners of The Purpose Prize, an annual contest that recognizes — and rewards — people who are age 60 and over making a positive social impact. You should know about these six people, and when you read their stories, you’ll understand why. They’re powerful examples of using life experience in order to make a difference; they’ve changed thousands …

Here Is Why You Should Share Family Stories

In 1902, 16 years old and alone, my grandmother set sail from Cork, Ireland, to a new life in America. She landed in New York and found work as a maid with a wealthy family whose physician suggested she train as a nurse. She didn’t have a high school diploma but talked her way into nursing school. After graduating, she joined the Red Cross and was deployed to French hospitals near the front lines of World War I. Terrified by …

At Skoll World Forum, a Powerful Lesson: ‘We Are All One’

The following is a post from Kim Sedmak, executive producer of “Life Reimagined TODAY” with Jane Pauley. My friend and colleague Jane Pauley shares this thought in her recent New York Times best-seller Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life: “Inspiration is everywhere - you just have to be looking for it.” At the recent Skoll World Forum (SWF), inspiration hits the moment I arrive in Oxford, where the City of Spires forces you to look up and out. In its 11th year, …

‘Fat Shaming’ Just Makes Older Adults Get Fatter

Well, we could have told them this: Humiliating older adults about their weight problem doesn’t make them slim down. A new study finds, in fact, that it may do just the opposite. People who felt belittled because of their weight were 2 1/2 to 3 times more likely to either gain weight or remain obese, according to the study published last week in the journal PLOS One. “Weight discrimination, in addition to being hurtful and demeaning, has real consequences for …