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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our lifespans in the developed world, the current model in which we work until age 65 +/- and then "retire" seems sadly outdated.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 20 2012: If i can live 60 years, i will probably want to be the primeminister. I want to impact the world. I want to make people meet with honour, freedom, democracy, justice, and needs like them. I want to improve the education, want to make people think, teach them philosophy, and teach them how to start running their mind and heart, not only the words. I want people to know the history and their language well. I want to teach them how to use foreign languages as vehicles (not the aim). I'm from Turkey, i want to improve my country. I love it, and have already dedicated my life to it. I want to improve and clean Turkish language, too.
    Also I want to be a genetics engineer before that to produce natural food, and to stop generations' poisoning. Knowledges are improving, but the humanity isnt.

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