Showing posts from March, 2021

Entrepreneurship in the second half of life. My conversation with the Bloom community.

I had a wonderful conversation with the Bloom community this week. I love the description Bloom uses on their web site: "Why retire when you can bloom? Join a community of adults 50+ learning, connecting and redefining a new phase of life." I met many new friends and opened up new conversations with the Bloom community. What a great day! The Bloom team sent some of the responses they got from my presentation: • "I liked that Rick recognized and is creating the missing bridge that we need as potential and/or existing entrepreneurs. We do not all have degrees nor do we all fit in the familiar list of businesses. I personally appreciate his warmth, knowledge and encouragement." - Deborah C. • "I caught your session on Bloom. This organization is exactly what I've been looking for." - Daryl W. • "A chance to talk with so many other people my age, as the other entrepreneur groups I talk with all seem young." - Sha

Piano top life preservers - Bucky Fuller

As the world hopefully emerges from the pandemic, we have the opportunity to rebuild systems that regenerate life rather than deplete it.  Ageless entrepreneurs can be leaders in this movement. "I am enthusiastic over humanity's extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity.  If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver.  But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top.  I think we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means of solving a given problem." - Buckminster 'Bucky' Fuller Buckminster Fuller Institute:

International Women's Day - make a loan to a woman entrepreneur

  Monday March 8th is International Women's day, 2021. Looking for a way to make a difference?  Consider supporting women entrepreneurs through Kiva.  You can loan as little as $25, making a real difference when your loan is aggregated with others. I've been a Kiva lender since 2012.  I've made 279 loans to entrepreneurs in the U.S. and 85 different countries worldwide.  Over 80% of my loans are to women entrepreneurs, working primarily in food and agriculture.  I also serve as an advisor to the Kiva Pittsburgh team.   International Women's day 2021.... celebrate and act.  Invest in her . Kiva - Invest in Her

Presentation with Bloom - March 25, 2021 2 PM EST

I'm looking forward to my conversation with the Bloom community.  Bloom is a platform for  adults 50+ learning, connecting and redefining a new phase of life. I really like the Bloom platform. The gathering conversation begins at 2 PM EST on Thursday March 25. Link is below: