Jul 022011

What do you know about this new book by Albert Brooks? I heard Brooks talk about the book on Marketplace Money on public radio this morning. The host Tess Vigeland calls the book “a hilarious yet thought-provoking take on what life looks like 20 years on.”

What caught my ear was their discussion about living longer and Brooks contention that people need to find a way to give back to the younger generation. He said one problem is that people don’t know how to give back.

“I think they would want to,” says Brooks. “But we have been set up to retire and… you sort of sit. It was never set up to be productive. So if we’re going to start having people live a long time, they need to feed back their knowledge, energy and their expertise. It’s like, remember when the Peace Corps was founded? It was such an original idea, gee, we send people over there and try to help people. Well, we need an Old Corps. We need to plug people back in.”

It sounds just like what Evolve: Re-igniting Self & Community is doing. Read the whole interview.