With millions of baby boomers reaching retirement and the end of their professional careers, many are looking for a way to continue to contribute meaningfully to the world.
One winning couple, Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman, realized they could alleviate the suffering of thousands people to honor their son's memory:
The death of their son on 9/11 brought Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman merciless grief. Soon afterward, they learned in a news report that a billion people around the world had experienced severe trauma. The Aldermans could relate. They understand: Suffering is suffering. To honor their son and to treat living victims of trauma and terrorism, they created a globally focused foundation that helps create homegrown mental health systems chiefly in Africa, where violence of all kinds -- rape, war, kidnapping, the unspeakable -- has desecrated communities.
The Aldermans' project is one of 10 social innovations that were awarded $100,000 and $50,000 for contributing to global social change. Each winner has a detailed profile and a video detailing the cool and revolutionary things these winners have been working on in their "golden years."
The purpose prize is part of Encore.org, a website published by Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank that "focuses on creating pathways to encore careers that provide continued income doing work that is personally fulfilling and helps address some of society's biggest challenges."