2005年1月8日  The Civic Ventures News Letter

年配者の社会参加を働きかけているアメリカのNPO Civic Ventures発行のニュースレターのスペシャル・リポートに昨年ロンドンで開催されたAARP国際会議の記事が掲載され、村田アソシエイツ代表 村田裕之の発言が紹介されました。

Reinventing Retirement

While much of the conference focused on the challenges of refinancing retirement, some attention was given to reshaping the institution of retirement to respond to new demographic and economic realities. Marc Freedman pointed out that the introduction of Social Security in the U.S. did “an immense amount of good” in providing economic security for retirees and was quite effective in encouraging older workers to leave the workforce. But it created an unanticipated problem: what would workers do after retirement? The answer, for the past half-century, was based on a life of leisure. But that model is increasing obsolete since we simply can’t afford to support a leisure class that is one-quarter of the adult population. We now need to figure out how to “tell a new story” about retirement. Freedman proposed that we shift from viewing retirement as offering “the freedom from work” to a new lifestage that offers “the freedom to work” ? that is, to continue to work, but in a way that is more personally meaningful and socially beneficial

Hiro Murata, President of Murata Associates, Inc. of Tokyo, supported the premise that retirement will increasingly involve work, though it may differ from mid-life employment in some important ways. He offered a useful distinction between two different motives for employment?having to keep working and wanting to keep working?that involve distinctly different issues.

Virgilio Onate, Chairman of Seniors Espanoles para la Cooperacion Tecnica (SECOT), described how his organization recruited retired executives from Spanish banks and financial services firms to work with young entrepreneurs on preparing business plans for new ventures. As a result of these collaborations, several hundred new start-up businesses have been funded.