Marc Freedman is the founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, a think tank and R&D organization helping society achieve the greatest return on experience. He spearheaded creation of the Experience Corps, now America's largest nonprofit national service program engaging Boomers, and The Purpose Prize, which annually provides five $100,000 prizes and five $50,000 prizes to social entrepreneurs in the second half of life.
Freedman was described by The New York Times as "the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement for...meaningful and sustaining work later in life," while The Wall Street Journal states: "In the past decade, Mr. Freedman has emerged as a leading voice in discussions nationwide about the changing face of retirement." He is author of Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life; Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America; and The Kindness of Strangers. His new book, The Big Shift, about midlife crisis and the transition of the Boomer generation to a new stage of life, will be published in Fall 2010.
Recognized by Fast Company in 2007, 2008, and again in 2009 as one of the nation's leading social entrepreneurs, Freedman is widely published and quoted in the national media, and has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships, including an Ashoka Senior Fellowship. Civic Ventures and Freedman were recently announced as winners of the 2010 Skoll Award in Social Entrepreneurship, which will be presented at Oxford University in April 2010. He is a high honors graduate of Swarthmore College with an MBA from Yale University and was a Visiting Fellow of Kings College, University of London. He lives with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area.