America's Baby Boomers

Baby boomers still have a lot to contribute, Novelli says.
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Question: Do baby boomers still have a contribution to make?

Bill Novelli: The baby boomers have a huge contribution. In fact I wrote a book about it. It’s called “50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America”. And what “50+” is about is the fact that the boomers have so much more to contribute. They’re going to leave a legacy. They are . . . They’re making change now in terms of working longer; in terms of, you know, what’s happening in the marketplace; some of the other issues I talked about in terms of healthcare and so forth. So the boomers have been catered to their whole lives. They’ve re-invented every aspect of life they’ve gone through. They’re going to reinvent retirement. And they’ve got an attitude.

Question: How will they leave their mark?

Transcript: I do talk about that in the book. I think that what we need is for people, when they think about giving back . . . and boomers do think about this. When they think about volunteering and so forth, I think they . . . what we can do is ask people to think big. So if you can contribute to fixing a playground in your neighborhood, that’s important. That’s great. That’s gonna help your family and your town. But also think bigger. Think about advocating for a bigger cause. Get involved. Understand what the issues are. Vote. In some cases it’s not just voting for an incumbent, but it’s voting against an incumbent. We’ve gotta vote some people out in this country in order to make progress. So there are many ways that boomers can contribute. As I said before, they are better educated. They’re healthier. They intend to work longer. They’re gonna make their mark.

Recorded on: 9/27/07