Reimagining Retirement

Is it possible to save for retirement and grow our investments, while also repairing harm done to communities and ecosystems? How can we plan for retirement while building a vibrant world that we'll be excited to retire into? And by the way, what IS retirement? We're inviting folks to join us in grappling with these big questions in a series of upcoming events with The Next Egg on February 17, March 7, and April 4.

The Next Egg launched in 2019, when Sustainable Economies Law Center teamed up with LIFT Economy and author Michael Shuman. Americans have $37 trillion in retirement savings, and we wanted to tap that for the forces of good. Our vision was to create tools, build communities, and support investment ecosystems necessary so that millions of us can move retirement savings out of Wall Street and into our local communities. We focused on teaching about and giving people access to self-directed IRAs and 401(k)s.

But in 2021, we began to question many assumptions underlying The Next Egg. You can read about the 5 unsafe assumptions we identified here. For one, we began to suspect that 401(k)s and IRAs are irreparably broken, which you can read about here. All of this means that The Next Egg will be revising its priorities in 2022, after a 6-month long period of inquiry and dialog, which will include deep explorations with small groups, as well as larger public conversations. 

We hope you'll join us for these conversations!

Can We Repair Harm and Still Grow Our Investments? Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 01:00 PM PST

Can We Imagine A World Where Personal Security Doesn't Require Individual Savings? Monday, March 07, 2022 at 11:00 AM PST

What IS Retirement Anyway? Monday, April 04, 2022 at 11:00 AM PDT

We also invite you to join online conversations at After a month of membership in the network, we ask that people contribute $9.99 per month to help sustain this project. If the cost puts a strain on you, just email [email protected] and ask for a link to sign up at no cost. 

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  • Janelle Orsi
    published this page in Blog 2022-02-03 11:55:46 -0800

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