Thursday, July 30, 2009

Intergenerational Drumming Sessions Bangs the Conference to a Start

We had a great start to the morning today with an intergenerational drumming circle, which led to our opening plenary speech by author Marc Freidman. Marc, as always delivered a fantastic speech. Marc just released a new book, Encore: Finding Works that Matters in the Second Half of Life on the possibilities of service careers for the nation’s baby boomers.

You can order Marc’s book at Next up: the Janet Sainer Networking Lunch.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Generations United Conference is Underway

The Generations United conference kicked off with two great pre-conferences on grandfamilies and intergenerational programming. It was so wonderful to see so many friendly faces, both first time conference attendees and veterans of the GU conference.

We began the day with a great presentation from Shirley Sagawa on successful non-profits. Later, we heard from Michael Marcus from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation about building support for your intergenerational program. I’d like to say a special thank you to all the speakers and presenters today for making the first day such a success.

Tomorrow, we are going to Capitol Hill to help spread the message about the value of intergenerational policies and practices. Visit
to get our new Public Policy Agenda for the 111th Conference.

As a reminder, we’ll be providing updates all week on the GU blog and our new pages on Twitter at and Facebook at

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

GU Conference Countdown!

Generations United's 15th international conference is right around the corner and I hope you're planning to join us! I so looking forward to greeting our members and friends as we learn and celebrate together. Times are tough for us all and we really value the extra effort it has taken to travel to Washington, DC this year. But these are also the times that intergenerational approaches make even more sense. Communities, towns and states are all looking for ways to make limited resource reach further. A program or building the serves and engages all generations maximizes scarce dollars while building bridges between ages. Join us for or part of the conference events happening between July 27-31 and gather innovative ideas you can plant back home. For more info go to And until I begin to get photos from this year, here's one from 2007. Enjoy!