Senior sages are fully aware that they benefit their community, and this knowledge is itself a benefit. And then there is the benefit that some senior sages get from the Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL), which operates at the “meta-level” of community development. CNL offers leadership seminars and workshops that enable senior sage leaders to “learn new things,” and this highly personal learning is seen by many as a major benefit. We know from research being done in the area of neuroplasticity which human beings at all ages can alter the structure and dynamics of their brain through new learning—whether it be a second language or the opportunity to engage in a different form of leadership.
Senior sages report that the education and knowledge dissemination that takes place in CNL workshops empowers them to be much more effective within their favored civic organizations; many say they couldn’t do as good a job of providing volunteer leadership and service without these programs. And through leadership seminars CNL has enabled senior sages— many of whom came from corporate life and leadership—to learn the vocabulary and best practices of the nonprofit world. These seminars help senior sages to reflect on their leadership styles and practices, and they also facilitate the expansion of self-knowledge and the capacity for senior sages to transfer lessons learned in an earlier part of their lives to their current civic involvements. Together with mentoring, CNL educational programs simultaneously provide opportunities for dialogue and serve as a bridge for the movement of senior sages into the Twin Town communities and the world of sagacious nonprofit leadership.Download Article 1K Club