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Dec 28, 2018

With so many people living so much longer, what is the meaning of the increasing years beyond 50? How can a society with more older people than younger ones thrive? How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short? Encore.org founder and CEO Marc Freedman joined us to answer these questions and more with a poignant and unique perspective contained in his book How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. He met onstage with Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. Together they explored our drive for longevity and the perils of age segregation, sharing his discussions with social innovators from across the globe about bringing the generations together for mutual benefit. Freedman found wisdom in stories from young and old, featuring ordinary people and icons like jazz great Clark Terry and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Join Freedman and Liu for a deeply personal call to find fulfillment and happiness in our longer lives by connecting with the next generation and forging a legacy of love that lives beyond us.

Marc Freedman is CEO and president of Encore.org, an organization he founded in 1998. Freedman is a member of the”Experts” group of the Wall Street Journal, a frequent commentator in the national media, and the author of four previous books including Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life and The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife.

Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.

Recorded live at Phinney Neighborhood Association by Town Hall Seattle on Monday, December 10, 2018.