This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

I was thrilled when I heard about the new book, Why Aren’t We Doing This! Collaborating with Minors in Major Ways, written by Denise Webb, age 20, and Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, age 73, (both pictured above) and published by Youth Infusion, a clearinghouse co-founded by...

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Sunday’s show featured three big moments reminding us that music can be a bridge not only across race, culture, and genre, but also age. Tracy Chapman & Luke Combs. Much attention, rightfully, has gone to the duet between Tracy Chapman, who turns 60 next month,...

A New Chapter for the Encore Fellowships Program

A New Chapter for the Encore Fellowships Program

We’re excited to share the news that the Encore Fellowships program has moved to The Fedcap Group, a new home with the capacity, networks and drive to help the groundbreaking program expand dramatically.  Got questions? We’ve got answers. What’s The Fedcap Group? The...

Overheard on Text: Communicating to Build Trust

Overheard on Text: Communicating to Build Trust

As colleagues from different generations (x/millennial), we’ve been leading talks and workshops sharing our insights about working across generations – what we call “cogeneration.” As we plan, we’re usually texting furiously, sharing ideas and reflections. So we...

Serena Bian and Ernest Gonzales Join CoGenerate’s Board

These Encore Public Voices Fellows are deeply committed to bringing generations together for mutual benefit and social impact.

By Marci Alboher | Oct 12, 2022

Last year, Serena Bian and Ernest Gonzales became Encore Public Voices Fellows, a group of more than 60 activists and experts working with Encore.org and The OpEd Project to shape public conversation at the intersection of aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice.

This year, both will be members of CoGenerate’s Board of Directors.

Serena Bian, an expert on loneliness and connection, is a mid-20s, Chinese-American Michigander focused on building intergenerational unity across America, both locally and nationally.

She was recruited by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to conduct research for his New York Times bestselling book, Together: The Healing Power of Social Connections, where her own story of loneliness, solitude, and leadership is featured. More recently, she is helping lead and shape the Office of the Surgeon General’s work addressing loneliness, community, and connection, with a focus on cultural and systems change.

Serena also launched the Biden campaign’s Communities United program, a national effort to spark direct action across hundreds of American neighborhoods for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris while building lasting social infrastructure amongst communities.

Ernest Gonzales — a scholar in the areas of productive aging (employment, volunteering, and caregiving), health equity, discrimination and social policy — is an associate professor and director of the MSW Program at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and director of The Center for Health and Aging Innovation.

Ernest and his team at New York University’s Center for Health and Aging Innovation launched an intergenerational housing program in 2018 to promote housing and economic security among graduate students and older adults, reduce social isolation, and foster cross-generational cohesion. The program — which reflects the university’s efforts to bolster college affordability, and prioritize equity and aging — intentionally recruits first-generation students, racial and ethnic minorities, women, and individuals who live alone to share housing.

Dr. Gonzales is a first-gen Latinx gerontologist. His early life experiences growing up in El Paso, Texas with his loving maternal grandparents, parents, and uncles, inspired him to study how we age in a society that aspires for justice and equity but practices systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, and ageism.

Ernest’s research has been supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Aging, U.S. Social Security Administration, AARP Foundation, The Eisner Foundation, Fan Fox and Samuels Foundation, and other public and private funders.