Discussion Assignment 0.1

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    One can be an Elder at the international level of a Desmond Tutu or a Bill Clinton and one can also be an Elder at a community and even at a family level. It is not for everyone to gain wide recognition for their wise Eldering. But at some level we are all Elders to someone and can make a difference to that someone’s life.

    What are my qualities as an Elder
    Where do I see a role for myself as an Elder?

    Although the participants in The Elder’s Journey may never meet and many would like to remain anonymous, it is much easier to “talk” to someone if you know a little about them.
    So a third task in this Assignment.

    Please give us a brief “bio” about you.

    As an example – this is mine.

    My name is Alan61147

    I am 67 years old, retired in 2012 – which means that I now have 2 jobs instead of 1. The first is working with Entrepreneurs to help them establish and grow their own business. The second, is working with people going into retirement. I’m a” Baby-boomer”, born in Iran in 1947, grew up in Zambia, university in Cape Town, BSc in Industrial Psychology, married and 4 years working and hitch-hiking around Europe, back to South Africa for a “proper job” in Human Resource Management. 2 kids – daughter and son. Then mid-life crisis, pack in the job, started a Consultancy focused on Service Excellence. Not content with that, started an Outdoor Adventure company and a Publishing company. In 2006 formed a Partnership working with young Entrepreneurs to help them establish and grow their businesses. Divorced and re-married, step-father and now a grand-father.

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