Dr. Bill Thomas — Founder
“What we need is a radical reinterpretation of longevity that makes elders (and their needs) central to our collective pursuit of happiness and well-being.” – Dr. Bill Thomas (read full article)
Dr. Bill Thomas has built a reputation as one the most eclectic and creative thinkers working in the field of medicine. Author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician, Dr. Thomas’ wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging.
Named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Americans shaping aging, Dr. Thomas is internationally known for his health care system innovations. He is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) and creator of The Green House Project, radical new approaches to reform long term care. Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders.
In 2014, Thomas launched an ambitious new approach to growth and aging through a national “non-fiction” theatrical tour produced in partnership with AARP’s Life Reimagined. Inspired by Thomas’ new book examining the baby boom generation’s reluctant second “coming of age” —“Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life” (Simon and Schuster, March 2014) — the Second Wind Tour featured spoken word, film and live music in an unprecedented 25-city tour in the spring of 2014.
Dr. Thomas’ eclectic career has included two decades living off the grid and running a mixed power farming operation (Summer Hill), founding one of the first technology companies to offer clinicians immediate access to outcome data (Rumpelstitlskin), teaching medical students and serving as a founding faculty member of UMBC’s Erickson School of Aging. He is also the founder of the influential multi-author blog platform, ChangingAging.org.
His synthesis of imagination and action led US News and World Report to name him as one of “America’s best leaders.” The magazine noted his “startling common-sense ideas and his ability to persuade others to take a risk,” and concluded that “this creative and wildly exuberant country doctor has become something of a culture changer–reimagining how Americans will approach aging in the 21st century.”
Dr. Thomas continues to write, perform and help Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profits develop new products and services that make the most of normal human aging.
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Kavan Peterson – Co-Founder
“I think aging is integral to human development and growth, yet much feared and little understood. By nearly every measurement, the second half of life brings more happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction than the “glory days” of youth. Instead of embracing the many virtues of aging, society teaches us to value only the most superficial dimensions — our ability to look and act youthful. The consequences of this outlook are stupendously wasteful and harmful to both individuals and society at large.” — Kavan Peterson
Kavan Peterson is co-founder of the pro-aging multi-blog network ChangingAging.org and a communications consultant committed to promoting the equality, sustainability, health and well being of people of all ages.
Combining careers as a national journalist and social media entrepreneur, Kavan focuses on the power of user-generated content to communicate pro-aging ideas and build movements. His company KPG Consulting has developed strategies for non-profits, foundations, higher education and Fortune 500 companies to understand and engage in social media communications that build purpose, engage audiences and make change.
As a former reporter for Stateline.org and contributor to NPR, Kavan specialized in social justice reporting on aging, gay rights, education reform, immigration and the death penalty.
A writer, blogger and videographer, Kavan enjoys exploring caves, mountain tops and vintage motorcycles. He recently relocated to Seattle with his wife and two kids and is active building local aging-in-community and dementia-friendly initiatives.