Marci Alboher is Vice President of Narrative Change at CoGenerate, which brings older and younger people together to solve problems, bridge divides and co-create a better future. She is author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life and One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash Career.
We’re living in the most age-diverse society in human history.
Now’s the time to break out of your age bubble.
Embrace the gray and (almost) everything else about getting older.
In an interview, Marci shared her secrets to building an age-diverse network, both in and out of the office.
You are an advocate for generational diversity. Why does this matter so much to you?
I’m obsessed with learning new things and find that having friends and colleagues who are both older and younger is the single best way to ensure that I’m discovering new ideas and ways of thinking. Plus, it’s just more fun to live in an intergenerational world in an intergenerational way.
We’re living in the most age-diverse society in human history – with more people alive at every age than ever before and often five generations in the workplace at the same time. Yet so many of us live in our own age bubbles, working, living and socializing with people our own age. There are so many benefits to spending time and collaborating with people who are older or younger, who bring different experiences and perspectives, even skill sets. And just like any form of diversity, having an age-diverse team helps to ensure that whatever you are working on will resonate with people of all ages.
What have you done in your career to champion the role of generational diversity?
I’m on the leadership team at CoGenerate (formerly Encore.org), and I’m really proud that we’re walking the talk. We’ve got an intergenerational team of Co-CEOs. Our staff is age diverse. And our fellowships are, too. Our fellows – who are working at the intersection of aging, intergenerational connection and social justice – have ranged in age from 18 to 84. People at the oldest and youngest ends of the age spectrum are often overlooked or left out. Younger people face the ‘not enough experience’ conundrum; older ones are written off for a host of reasons. All of it amounts to ageism.