Intergenerational Age Cafe – 6/14/16 Event

Age Cafe 1 of 3Our June 14, 2016 Intergenerational Age Cafe was our biggest event ever! Nearly one hundred participants across the age spectrum gathered at the NY Society for Ethical Culture to interact with dynamic and engaged people, enjoy delicious refreshments, and discover new ways to recognize and confront the injustices of ageism.

Age Cafe 2 of 3Working with the World Café* model, participants broke into smaller groups for candid discussions on various aspects of aging, highlights of which were shared with the whole room. It was thrilling to encounter so many participants, including many young people, who got the message and are eager to help raise consciousness of ageism within their own communities.

We thank our co-sponsors for helping make this event so exciting: Emerging Aging, the Gray Panthers and the Transition Network.

Age Cafe 3 of 3* The Age Café is based on a model of engaging people in conversations that matter called the “World Café,” which is a powerful social technology offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique; it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership.

Share Your Story – Have you experienced and/or confronted ageism recently? Come across a company that portrays older people in a positive, realistic way? Have you already formed a consciousness-raising group of your own? Please share your story with us.

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  1. Copy of my latest message to Steve Burghardt:
    PREFACE: Hey, Steve, what i originally wrote follows, but i don’t think i’ll make it to tomorrow night’s meeting, last meeting i came to (Ashton’s book launch), we got talked at for an hour & then invited to split up into groups of 5 or 6 & redigest what we had heard. That’s just not my idea of making progress…


    Hi, Steve, here’s just one of the potentially long-range major factors that could affect the future that RAM is working towards (there are at least six others…):

    Granted, it poses no immediate threat, but it needs to be considered, along with a number of other factors.

    Here’s the same problem seen from another angle as i described it in my 60s book:

    _8. The Limits of Medical Progress. Just as we slowly begin to realize that the “Conquest of Space” is never going to happen, we will also come to recognize that another long heralded, highly promoted, and seemingly desirable “conquest” is not truly in the cards—the so-called “Conquest of Illness and Death.”

    _The unavoidable truth is this: when one disease is cured, another simply moves forward to take its place. None of our much vaunted and highly publicized advances in medical research has truly altered this process, other than raising medical costs astronomically. It’s also certain that none of us would be remotely prepared to live in a world where no one ever dies, a situation creating in its wake desperate problems of unemployment, a never-changing work force, unalterable family relationships, total absence of inheritance, and of course uncontrollable over-population._

    This is just part of what i believe your steering committee needs to start thinking about. I totally support your group just as it is, and the last thing i want is to get into a fight with your committee, besides i’m sure i’m diplomatic enough to avoid that. But i’ve been watching (& taking part in) groups here & in Europe for decades, and there are some truly deep issues you just may be missing. Hey, how about it, now that you’ve been to see us twice, maybe it’s time for at least one of us (I’d suggest Joyce as our president & myself) to come & see you. There’s also the factor that i’ve been thinking about Ageism for almost 50 years now…

    I’m wondering why AARP was characterized at our own meeting as successfully fulfilling the needs of older citizens–if you look at the wiki summary of that group, you’ll find that I am not alone in regarding AARP as primarily a corrupt, overblown insurance company. RAM has also come into existence at a time when the Grey Panthers (who actively campaigned against Ageism both here & in Germany) are in decline–I expect I’m also not alone in hoping RAM will take up many of the causes they had supported.

    I also wonder what Burgardt Dubois would say about all of this…

    very best to you all!



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