Shift the attention from losses and flaws to strengths

Shift the attention from losses and flaws to strengths

Sometimes it happens that you find an answer when the question has not even fully been formulated in the mind. So, I guess I had my serendipity moment when Cecilia Dintino got in touch with me through these pages. Dr Dintino is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and faculty member at New York University’s Graduate Program in Drama therapy. Together with Hannah Murray Starobin….

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The digital space is the gateway to age-freedom

The digital space is the gateway to age-freedom

Giulia Ceriani is a semiologist and, as such, she’s an expert on signs and symbols. With her team at Baba Consulting, the market research company she founded and chairs in Milan, Italy, Giulia analyzes the way things, spoken and unspoken, shape our perception and our world. Every year, in particular, she releases a trend forecast that casts a light on the most subtle and intimate changes happening in our social conscience. Historical, economical, social…

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There’s no time limit to self reinvention

There’s no time limit to self reinvention

While the hero-based mystique makes us believe that the start-upper is a young white male garage owner, the reality is - luckily - far more diverse. As Pierre Azoulay et al. from MIT have pointed out in their 2018 paper “Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship”, for the most successful firms, the average founder age is 45. I was therefore delighted to have a chance to talk with Arlene Wanetick…

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Aging is in our minds more than in our bodies

Aging is in our minds more than in our bodies

On the occasion of her 57th birthday, Anastasia Sideri published a post on LinkedIn, citing an interview with Joseph Coughlin, director of the AgeLab at Mit, who declared that older women will rule the world. While Coughlin explained the reasons why this is going to happen, he - in my opinion - underestimated the most fundamental trait of the powerful over 50…

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Even as a positive image, visual ageism is always harmful

Even as a positive image, visual ageism is always harmful

Anytime the representation of older people in the media has made us feel uncomfortable, we didn’t have a word to address the issue. But now we do: it is “visual ageism.” The definition comes from a brand new research conducted by Loredana Ivan, associate professor of the College of Communication and Public Relations at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration of Bucharest, Romania and

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By denting the GDP ageism is making us poorer

By denting the GDP ageism is making us poorer

Lecturer in Educational Leadership at UCL Institute of Education at the University College of London, Domini Bingham is the author of Older Workforces: Re-imagining Later Life Learning, a brand new book just arrived in the bookstores. In her work, she details how our economy is closed in the double grip of an aging population and an ageist mentality. I found her work immediately captivating, because…

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We’re always aging, from the moment we’re born

We’re always aging, from the moment we’re born

Because I live in Thailand, I had a chance to meet with Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro, a disciple of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah, one of Thailand’s most renowned Buddhist monks and meditation masters. I have to admit that, walking to the appointment, some afterthoughts came up and I began to question if what I was about to do was a good idea at all. Talking about aging with a Buddhist monk is quite a sticky situation…

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You can’t put the genie back into the bottle

You can’t put the genie back into the bottle

Author and activist, Ashton Applewhite has emerged as a leading spokesperson in the global movement against ageism. Her journey into the realm of the age-related discrimination began as a personal realization over a decade ago. Around age fifty-five, when she started a project about people over 80 in the workforce and learning about longevity, she was struck by the discrepancy between the way aging is depicted and the far more nuanced and positive reality. She began…

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What if Freud played a part in the discrimination against age?

What if Freud played a part in the discrimination against age?

Priya Ramasubban is an Indian producer, writer and director. She has shot for National Geographic, Discovery and History Channel. Recently, she crowdfunded almost one hundred thousand dollars and then raised more investments to enter into the “boys club of filmmaking” with “Chuskit”, a movie winner of the Amnesty International Award at the last edition of Giffoni Film Festival, in Italy (www.chuskit.com). 

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Reclaim the right to look yourself

Reclaim the right to look yourself

Before I got in touch with Danielle Hughes, her words got in touched with me and struck me. Not only because writing is her business and, as the founder of a branding, marketing and copywriting agency, she knows how to use them skillfully. But also because of the message she conveyed. 

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Reject self-imposed limitations

Reject self-imposed limitations

In a world of talkers, Stela Lupushor listens. In our conversation, I felt overwhelmed by a wave of attention. I believe she tapped also into this ability when she decided to give up the security of a corporate job - she led the HR Strategy and Social Analytics functions at IBM - to reimagine herself, her future and the future of work.

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Why you need to break free from a “C” posture

Why you need to break free from a “C” posture

We are always concerned with the products we put on our skin or the foods we put in our bodies, but we rarely consider the silent workings that our muscles and bones do, day in, day out. The keyword, here, is posture, a variable that can cost up to three inches to a person’s height and tells a lot about one’s lifestyle and attitude.

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