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Introducing the seventh video on my YouTube channel


Clip #7: Age discrimination cuts work lives short.

There’s plenty of buzz about diversity in the workplace, and that’s a good thing. Research shows that being around people who are different from us makes us more diligent and harder-working, not to mention more open-minded. Diverse teams make better decisions because they draw on more data and more points of view. 

So why does the blindingly obvious point that age should be a criterion for diversity—alongside race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation—take people by surprise?

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Salt magazine has selected 100 female change agents – "visionary women who are shattering the glass ceiling, changing innumerable lives for the better, and having a positive influence all around the world." It's an astonishing list, including such luminatries as Aung San Suu Kyi, Amma, Jane Goodall, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Klein, Elizabeth Warren and Pussy Riot, and I'm honored to be on it.

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In October, pioneering tech writer Steven Levy asked me to comment on a conversation on Medium on age diversity—the lack thereof and what to do about it, that is—in technology companies. My response, Of Course Companies Should Strive for Age Diversity, Even in Field as Innovation-Crazy as Tech, came to the attention of an editor at HuffingtonPost50, who invited me to join their roster.

Introducing the fifth video on my YouTube channel


Clip #5: Discrimination—not age or ability—is the barrier to full citizenship.

It doesn't make much sense to discriminate against a group that we all hope to join one day. Everyone wants to grow old. Yet we go to great lengths to pretend it’s somehow, magically, never going to happen—at least not to us. “My mom is 90, but she’s not old,” someone insisted to me recently, as though it were contagious. 

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I'm quoted in a terrific piece in today's Wall Street Journal by Anne Tergesen called, "To Age Well, Change How You Feel About Aging." (For starters, learn more about aging.) More grist for my argument for an anti-ageism campaign as a public health measure. And pioneering tech writer Steven Levy ask me to comment on his post on Medium, "How Can We Achieve Age Diversity in Silicon Valley?" My response is at the top, and makes a case for how we can and why we should.

Introducing the fourth video on my YouTube channel

Clip #4: Ageism affects everyone.

Many people assume that only older people are affected by age discrimination. It’s true that in a youth-obsessed society like the United States, most prejudice flows in that direction. That’s why people spend millions on “anti-aging” potions and treatments. They’re desperate be on the “right” side of a young/old divide — between young and no-longer-young, really — even though that divide does not exist. Even though it means thinking of two thirds of life as decline, which is absurd. That’s why so many Americans think that aging well means looking and acting like younger people.

But no one escapes age-based prejudices and stereotypes.