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We’ll be in Cambridge this month and you’re invited to join us for tea, cake and inspired conversation!

When: 10am-noon, Thursday 16th June.
Where: Cambridge Central Library

On Thursday 16th June, the co-founder of The Age of No Retirement, Dr Jonathan Collie, is visiting Cambridge to meet with members of the local community.

Please join Jonathan for a thought-provoking discussion over tea and cake on Tuesday 16th June, 10h00-12h00, at Cambridge Central Library. Jonathan will also provide a demo of their exciting new Innovation Platform and show you how you can help to build a new age-positive society. Come along and join in the discussion, and get your voice heard.

Together, we can create a new future, for everyone.

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We’ll be in Cambridge this month and you’re invited to join us for tea, cake and inspired conversation!

When: 10am-noon, Thursday 16th June.
Where: Cambridge Central Library

On Thursday 16th June, the co-founder of The Age of No Retirement, Dr Jonathan Collie, is visiting Cambridge to meet with members of the local community.

Please join Jonathan for a thought-provoking discussion over tea and cake on Tuesday 16th June, 10h00-12h00, at Cambridge Central Library. Jonathan will also provide a demo of their exciting new Innovation Platform and show you how you can help to build a new age-positive society. Come along and join in the discussion, and get your voice heard.

Together, we can create a new future, for everyone.

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One of the co-founders of The Age of No Retirement, our very own George Lee, has been named as one of 50 Creative Leaders by The Creative Review this week.The Creative Leaders 50 is a new scheme from Creative Review, in partnership with Workfront, to celebrate, educate and inspire those who are leading creative businesses, organisations and teams. They have selected 50 people from across the UK creative industries who they feel are driving change, not just within their organisation but in the world at large.

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Alongside the Design Council and Nesta, The Age of No Retirement has received £499,740 for a social innovation project bringing together different groups – business, government, the media and the general public – to help create a world where age does not matter. It will use user-led design and approaches to generate insights, implement new ideas and share positive stories about how everyone can aspire to a more fulfilled and purposeful older age. This will be supported by an online crowdsourcing platform launching on 19 May, as well as networks and events, to enable people to share ideas and develop these into practical solutions.

Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive Dawn Austwick said: “These projects challenge existing notions of how we support older people. By involving them in designing new services and technologies, we are putting them in the driving seat and enabling them to reap the most benefit. This gives people a greater stake in their lives and communities, and delivers more personalised and sustainable approaches to health and social care.”

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After months preparation, this week will finally see our innovation platform launch. With this simple step we know that we're opening up a unique channel and conduit for everyone, no matter their age, gender, economic status or background.

From setting our inaugural challenge, to throwing ideas and solutions into the crowd - this is where we can see the seeds of change emerge. And it's our job to harness this group imagination and foster its growth into a solid set of prototypes we can put into action. We really feel the time for talking is over and if we want the narrative of age to evolve it needs action.

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Changing the narrative of ageing is of course not going happen overnight. It's going to take time, effort, ingenuity and purpose to push through a more age-positive way of thinking. But sometimes by the simple act of sharing a positive story, we can work together to evolve everyone's perception of ageing. Telling your story - of a new start, an unexpected passion for a new hobby or business idea, or that amazing opportunity which arose perhaps because of age, or in spite of it - will slowly chip away at the current narrative of decline. We know that for every negative story of age, there are more positive ones just waiting to be shared.

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In early April co-founders Jonathan and George put together their core team. Joseph Pochodzaj as a long-time collaborator at George's company, Commonland, joins as Design Director alongside Abbie Vickress as Designer. Heading up Insight and Research is Marie Cesbron and as Editor and chief story-teller, Gigi Eligoloff. 

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"At Barclays we see the benefits of having a multigenerational workforce, from our sixteen year old apprentices to our silver digital eagles who are supporting the business well into their seventies. It also makes commercial sense to learn how to engage with and support this important customer segment. The Age of No Retirement helps us to see ageing differently, to be innovative and pioneering."

 Wendy Papworth —Director Global Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays Plc.

Details of the Barclays projects will be announced in the coming weeks.

Barclays Bank was the first of our corporate partners to sign up and we've already made some amazing in-roads in re-thinking and re-working one of the biggest social challenges facing Britain today.

We're thrilled that Barclays has now recommitted to working with us. Together we can deliver impactful projects and create incredible stories that clearly illustrate the benefits of age equality and intergenerational working & living.

These stories will be further amplified by drawing from the capabilities, learnings and inspiration from across The Age of No Retirement network.

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