George A. Cappannelli
(Co-Founder of AgeNation, Author, Change Agent)
We are in the early stages of one of the most significant demographic revolutions in history. Some are calling it the “graying” of the world’s population. Others remind us that over the course of the first 75 years of this new century approximately 50% of the population in all of the industrialized countries of the world will 50 years or older for the first time in history.
Dramatic social, cultural, economic, political and environmental challenges are being ushered in and compounded by this demographic shift and most governments, institutions, businesses and individuals are simply unprepared to meet them. On the other side of the coin there are tremendous opportunities for creating a more vital and sustainable future for everyone being presented by this shift.
One of the most compelling of these opportunities is being driven by the fact that humanity is now in a time when the pathways, values, and priorities that have evolved and been articulate in what can be called Acts One and Two of the Human Drama will no longer be sufficient for the billions of human beings who will soon be a part of this 50 and older population. Nor will these pathways, values and priorities serve the billions of younger individuals who must better prepare and adequately chart a course for a brave new future.
In short it is time for us to participate in writing a ‘new third act for humanity. Time to recast and honor the role of the elder, incorporate the wisdom gained through both their victories and their defeats, build bridges of understanding between generations and craft meaningful messages that shatter the outmoded images of what it means to age and what one can accomplish in this new third act. And it is certainly time to use the remarkable power of Transformational Entertainment and Media to help awakening humanity to both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
George Cappannelli is CEO and co-Founder of AgeNation, a digital media company and social enterprise providing solutions to people who weren’t born yesterday and Co-Founder of The Age of Empowerment, a 501C3 that supports people and organizations serving vulnerable sections of our aging population.
He is the co – Author of Say Yes To Change, Authenticity and his new book, Do Not Go Quietly, A Guide To Living Consciously and Aging Wisely For People Who Weren’t Born Yesterday, will be released by Hay House in April 2013. He is also an novelist. Book One of his Osax Trilogy, Old Stones and Promises, will be published in the Fall of 2013.
George has extensive experience in the entertainment, non-profit and political sectors. As Founder of Theater Visions and GS Productions, two New York-based film and television production companies his work as Producer/Director was honored with International Film Awards, ANDY, CLEO nominations and two special category EMMY Awards. He was co-founder of The International Integrity Program, served as Executive Director of The Sedona Institute and a Director of The Society For The Advancement Of Human Spirit, an organization chaired by The Dalai Lama. He has worked on projects with Golda Meir, Lech Walesa, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa and other world leaders. In 1989 he helped Jerry Brown re-launch his political career and managed his U.S. Senate Campaign in California. He has also provided strategic consulting in the 1992, 1996 and 2008 presidential campaigns.
George is an expert on individual, organizational and societal change, a well-known consultant for clients such as Boeing, NASA, Sun MicroSystems, The Disney Company, Oracle, PepsiCo, The LA Times, The U.S. Navy; a nationally recognize key presenter and his programs and workshops have.
He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs during two national book tours and co-hosted a radio talk show ‘Talk About Your Life’ in Phoenix. He now has a weekly podcast radio program “AgeNation Radio Magazine” that will be syndicated on terrestrial radio in 2013.
George and his wife, Sedena co-author of Say Yes, Authenticity and Do Not Go Quietly, and co-founder of AgeNation have recently launched the World Council of Wisdom Keepers, an organization devoted to re-inspiring the role of the elder in contemporary culture and creating an age-friendly world. Other founding council members include: Jean Houston, Michael Meade, Angeles Arrien, Ram Dass, Dr. Gladys McGarey, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith.
Why I support GATE
I cannot understate my appreciation for the role the entertainment and media industries can play in the transformation of our world at this critical time in our history. This appreciation comes from the role I have played as a television and film producer/director as well as my experience in business, government and developing social enterprises.
My Current Media Diet
The Legacy by David Suzuki
Pope Annalisa by Peter Canova,
“Life of Pi”
“No work can be personally transformative unless it engages both the heart and the mind of the viewer. To be touched intellectually is to be affected; to be touched emotionally is to be moved. To be touched by both is to be raised to a new perception of being. That is the reason I write; that is the reason I speak.”