to Host First “Active Wisdom Dialogue”
In the Nation
IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 15, 2006
more information, contact:
860 450 1287
and retirement will dominate American culture in the coming decades,
yet people are burdened with obsolete concepts about aging. Everyone
knows the statistics about the number of baby boomers. One is now
turning 60 every seven seconds. People are healthier and better
educated. They are living longer. After transitioning from full-time
work to “retirement,” people may have up to 20 to 30 healthy years
in which to engage in new activities. All of this requires imagination
and wisdom – to create the future shape of one’s life.
Hartford Public Library will host the nation’s first “Active
Wisdom Dialogue: New Thinking About Aging and Creativity in the 21st
Century” on Mondays, April 24, May 22 and June 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The dialogue
will be facilitated by Steven Dahlberg from the Center on Aging and Human
Development at the University of
is the most positive and acceptable trait of people who live long
lives,” says Mary Catherine Bateson, the anthropologist and author
who developed the active wisdom concept. “The challenge is to
stimulate imaginations to combine that wisdom with activity and social
engagement to make it meaningful in one’s life and in the world.”
Active Wisdom Dialogue is designed to help people discover new ways of
thinking about the future and influencing “what might be” in the
new American life of aging. It will offer participants the opportunity
to engage their creativity and understand the changes facing the aging
society. People of all ages are welcome to participate in this
dialogue, which will explore:
your age means to you – and whether your concept of age fits
with society’s expectations about certain ages.
opportunities and challenges you see ahead for yourself – and
for an increasingly older society.
role creativity might play in helping you explore transitions and
live the second half of your life on purpose.
active wisdom might be applied to improve community well-being and
the common good.
Mondays, April 24, May 22 and June 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Hartford
Public Library, Third Floor Administrative Suite, 500 Main Street,
Hartford. Event is free; registration is requested; and light
refreshments will be served.
dialogues will explore related topics. Participants will help form
on-going dialogues around aging-related themes that are important to
more about the Active Wisdom Dialogue project.
ABOUT FACILITATOR AND HOST INSTITUTION:
Steven Dahlberg is principal of the International Centre for
Creativity and Imagination. Most recently, he was head of the
Massachusetts-based Creative Education Foundation and director
for its annual, international Creative Problem Solving Institute. He
has 15 years of experience teaching creative thinking and problem
solving, including helping two toy inventors launch a creativity
consulting business. For more than nine years, he’s been exploring
the intersection of creativity, aging, retirement, transitions,
purpose and work. His articles have appeared in Training magazine,
Knowledge Management News magazine, and Global Knowledge
Review. He edits the ageing as exile? blog. He is currently is
completing a graduate certificate in gerontology at the University
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