The Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Tuesday 26th of April – 9.00am to 4.30pm
What is The Third Act?The Third Act is a creation of human longevity. We are now living 25-30 years longer than our great-grandparents, the equivalent of a whole new adult lifetime. What was old age for them is now middle age for us. This is truly a new phenomenon of our time; two thirds of those who have ever lived over the age of 65 are alive to-day. This is and will continue to have an extraordinary impact on us ‘socially, politically and economically’ but also ‘personally’ as we address, “what am I going to do with this new gift of time”?
What is the theme of the conference?The theme for this year’s conference is “Gearing up for Your Third Act”. ‘Preparing for’ or ‘transitioning into’ are other ways of describing the same idea. Taking an inside-out approach, we make a clear distinction between the third age and The Third Act. The third age ‘happens to us’ whereas ‘we happen to’ The Third Act. Thus “everyone who lives long enough will have a third age; not everyone who lives long enough will have a Third Act”. Breakout groups with speakers and panel members will address, Transitioning to the Third Act, Employment and Purpose in The Third Act and Health and Wellbeing in The Third Act, amongst others.
What outcomes do we hope for?Besides the experience of the conference itself, which we hope will be interactive, informal and engaging, we will use the conference to launch a number of new initiatives designed to assist people in transition and after they have made the transition. These include: the launching of a Transitional Programme for organisations, the creation of a network of qualified Third Act transitional coaches, and the setting up a Third Act recruitment and placement organisation for people in their Third Act (most likely over 55).
Who is likely to attend?
Based on previous events; retreats, seminars, workshops and conferences, attendees will come from two categories; from those interested in the social and organisational impact of human longevity and those interested in individual and personal transformation. The ‘outside-in’ category will include groups and organisations such as the financial service companies, pension companies, but also HR and OD professionals. The ‘inside-out’ category will include those who are interested in supporting people in their transition as well as individuals who have had a ‘wake up call’ and are wondering, can I really live out this new third act (this new gift of time) with the same meaning-making that underpinned my second act?
MEET SOME OF THE SPEAKERS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Dr. Edward Kelly
Founder of The Third Act
Prof. Ian Robertson
School of Psychology, TCD
Founder Diaspora Matters
Prof. Rudi Westendorp
Author of Growing Older Without Feeling Old
CEO of Irish Smart Ageing Exchange
Facilitator of adult development
Author of The Magic of Metaphor
Head of Financial Planning at Davy
Human longevity has created a whole new Third Act in our lives as different to our second as our second act was to our firstDr Edward Kelly