New Longevity

With the simultaneous fall of fertility rates and uptick in longevity, demographic change is becoming one of the most fundamental evolutions of our century. By 2030, it is estimated that there will be more people over the age of 60 than children younger than 10. This worldwide phenomenon has deep social and economic implications. The most prevalent Aging narratives until now have been alarmist, largely portraying Seniors as burdens on our social systems and further entrenching aging as a taboo topic.  

Yet, these societal shifts represent unique opportunities to shape the future of humanity. The world’s leading social entrepreneurs focused on Aging – roughly 60 Ashoka Fellows thus far – have already identified three main intervention points that drastically improve our experience of aging. Their solutions radically reimagine: aging culture; seniors’ contributions to society; and how seniors are cared for. 

Guided by these and future insights, Next Now: Aging aims to change the course of history by uniting leaders around audacious goals that promote intergenerational harmony, dignity and purpose for all seniors. Together, this ecosystem of visionary changemakers will build a brighter future. A future that addresses and anticipates our most urgent aging challenges. A future in which no one gets left behind. Because the world is changing fast and the time to act is Now. 

In the coming months, the Next Now/Aging team will be assembling a team of visionary co-creators who will shape an ambitious vision for the field and narrow in on an initial set of audacious goals to team up around. Stay tuned for more details.

Insights

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In 2012, Ole Kassow started giving free trishaw rides to elderly residents of a nearby nursing home. Today, over 1.5 million people have taken a ride with members of Ole’s global Cycling Without Age network.

Team

Events

Mon, 7 Dec 2020

With grateful thanks to the Clash for their song the Magnificent Dance we come to understand that the Social Entrepreneur is finally leaving their organisation after many years of satisfying work. In short are they leaving well and living well? The webinar focusses on the quality of life balance for the Social Entrepreneur as they continue their journey, indeed, as the dance comes to a conclusion. Speakers to be announced.

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Wed, 10 Feb 2021

On Feb. 10, we talk to three Ashoka Fellows working globally to create a culture of carers and the institutional supports for it. We’ll take a look at innovations in Canada, India, and the U.S. and cast out 10, 20 years to imagine what’s possible. Hosted by Martha Deevy, Director of Stanford’s Center for Longevity.

This conversation is part of our biweekly series where we tap social entrepreneurs on what works, what’s next, and why they’re hopeful. Explore past and future episodes here: https://ashoka-usa.org/explore/

 

Wed, 27 Jan 2021

As America becomes more multi-generational, how do we design for more connection across the age spectrum? How do we reintegrate after the pandemic that has isolated most of us in one way or another and cordoned off elders due to virus risks?

We’ll talk to Ashoka Fellow Marc Freedman, co-founder of Encore, about why he’s hopeful and the changemakers who are stepping up with new and creative ideas for the post-pandemic world.

Wed, 8 Jul 2020

Ashoka Fellow Beka Ntsanwisi shares how and why she started Soccer Grannies, a movement of grandmothers coming together and breaking all taboos as they take up the game of soccer to live an active, healthy & fulfilling lifestyle.

Please join Beka, other Ashoka Fellows and friends for this special event.

 

Wed, 22 Jul 2020

Ashoka Fellow Ximena Abogabir shares how and why she founded Travesía 100, transitioning from a career in civic participation and sustainable coliving, to addressing the need for a cultural shift around longevity.

Please join Ximena, other Ashoka Fellows and friends for this special event.