Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

August 9, 2011

Doing Intergenerational Work



     The Allegheny County Library Association and Pitt professor Sally Newman are among 20 semifinalists competing for the inaugural Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. It honors an individual or nonprofit organization that excels in the area of uniting multiple generations, especially seniors and youth.*

     The winner, who wins a $100K prize, will be announced in Washington on October 27.*

     Society is generally intergenerational. The huge exceptions are the educational system, which gathers persons of similar age into classrooms that supposedly prepare them for the adult world, and senior citizen residences of all types. However, the adult world in between isn’t arranged in this fashion. Workers of all ages meet in the workplace, where they must get along if they are to be productive and efficient.

     I commend the founders of this prize for recognizing that intergenerational social skills are an asset to society. As Marilyn Jenkins, the association’s executive director, said: With time, our communities tend to lose connections. We think for the health of a community and its residents…one thing we can do is bring various generations together.*


Library group, prof up for $100K, Greensburg Tribune-Review, May 14, 2011, pp B7





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