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Erik Richardson

Teacher, Richardson Ideaworks, Inc.

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How will you spend your time and/or make a living between ages 60 and 100?

As improved medicine and machinery continue to expand our lifespans in the developed world, the current model in which we work until age 65 +/- and then "retire" seems sadly outdated. New questions begin to arise, though, when we reflect on how we will each make a living and how we will make a life. I am excited to see what kind of ideas you all come up with.

One particular question related to the model is this: if someone goes back to school to re-tool for a whole new career at, say, 50, will they get hired into career-track positions where they could work for 20 years?

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  • Jul 16 2012: I would write, do more walking, join a band as a backing singer and work as a 'lollipop' lady. As long as I was physically well, I would have no problem fililing my time.
    • Jul 19 2012: Janice, you would really fit in at the Rock Till Ya Drop... a community for musicians, artist of all types and everyone else who simply loves live music and the arts. While just a concept now, we plan to design and build this community as a grassroots, cooperative project.

      Our mission is to provide very affordable housing (purchased or rented) to musicians and artist who have given so much to us for the last 40 or 50 years yet do not have the financial resources necessary to retire in a decent way. Unless you have made it big somewhere along the way, most musicians and artist didn't have a pension or 401K to retire on (think starving artist?)

      We plan to build this community of 1000+ residents around a town square anchored with a multi-purpose performance venue and surrounded by restaurants, bars, shops and studios. Additionally, we plan on having several 'garages' specifically designed for folks to jam or just hang out with the types of people we really would like to hang with.

      Like I said it's just a concept now but we are looking for others thoughts and ideas... got any?

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