Social Innovators Over 60 Making A Difference

June 21, 2011

Through the month of June, nominations are being accepted for the Social Innovation Prize in Wisconsin. The winner will be announced in July and an award luncheon will be arranged following the announcement.


Your help in promoting this opportunity is greatly appreciated. This Prize is unique and inspiring and each winner has compelling stories. This is the fifth year the prize is being awarded.


Here is brief information about the prize and the winners:


The Social Innovation Prize in Wisconsin includes a $5,000 investment in an exceptional individual over the age of 50 who is defying expectations by channeling his or her creativity and talent to address critical social problems at the local, regional, or national level. The winner also selects an organization to receive an additional $5,000.


Today, thousands of people in the second half of life have opened up a next chapter of innovation, productivity, and creativity, and, in the process, have transformed our communities and our country. They are living proof that aging does not mean stagnation and decline


This prize invests in their potential to contribute significantly to society.


2010 Winner: Sharon Adams; founding member of the Walnut Way Conservation Corporation.


Sharon made her vision to restore her once-vibrant neighborhood a reality. Today, where empty lots once stood, vegetable gardens and fruit orchards are now cultivated, honey is produced and sold, and a small tree nursery has been planted. People enjoy their neighborhood, and meet & greet on the street – even at night.


2009 Winners (co-winners): Dr. Tim Brown & Dr. Phil Florek of Tri County Community Dental Clinic.


They created a volunteer dental clinic that since inception in 2003 has served over $6.4 M in free dental services covering over 30,000 patient visits.


2008 Winner: Mary Bub of Wisconsin Rural Women's Initiative, Inc.


Mary created WRWI upon recognizing a need for services that would make a difference in the lives of women living in rural areas.


2007 Winner: Dr. Dale Olen; advocate for the environment and Great Lakes Compact


Dr. Olen shifted from his career as a psychologist and owner of Life Skills to helping people foster healthy relationships with the earth. One of his main focuses is to train older adults as water advocates.



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