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Nominations Open for 2008 Purpose Prize

Civic Ventures (www.civicventures.org) has opened nominations for the 2008 Purpose Prize, a major initiative that invests in people over 60 who are leading a new age of social innovation. The Prize provides five $100,000 and ten $10,000 awards to U.S. residents over 60 who are creating innovation solutions to address society’s most pressing problems – domestically and abroad. Civic Ventures believes that adults in the second half of life are leading a new wave of social innovation. Social entrepreneurs include people like Gary Maxworthy, a VISTA volunteer who used his years of experience in food distribution to bring over 30 tons of fresh produce to California’s food banks and Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia who established a faith-based mentoring program to help the children of incarcerated parents. Both were honored with the Purpose Prize. Other past winners are making lasting changes in the areas of education, foster care, hospital safety, newborn care, and search-and-rescue efforts. Civic Ventures is accepting nominations, including self-nominations, at www.PurposePrize.org until March 1st.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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