Magazine article Aging Today

15 Win 2007 Purpose Prize

Magazine article Aging Today

15 Win 2007 Purpose Prize

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A 60-year-old physician in Massachusetts who set out to save 100,000 lives unnecessarily lost in hospitals, a 91-year-old former businessman in Arizona who created an arts curriculum to sharpen critical thinking among schoolchildren, and a Missouri nurse determined to save the lives of newborns at risk are among the $100,000 winners of the 2007 Purpose Prize awards.

Created by San Francisco-based Civic Ventures (, the Purpose Prize honors social innovators ages 60-plus. "The Purpose Prize winners are inspired innovators who have turned their experience and passion into new ventures that meet difficult societal challenges," said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and author of Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life (New York City: PublicAffairs Press, 2007). The prizes are being bestowed in a three-year, $9 million program, begun in 2006 and sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation.

FIVE WIN $100,000

Five $100,000 winners were chosen from more than 1,000 nominees from throughout the United States. In addition, 10 social entrepreneurs were awarded $10,000 each. To share their knowledge and experiences in civic engagement, about 150 Purpose Prize winners and Purpose Prize Fellows from 2006 and 2007 will participate in a summit on innovation to be held Nov. 10-12 at the Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

The top award winners include:

Donald Berwick (age 60, Cambridge, Mass.), president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (www. …

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