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The age of no retirement?

A unique meeting, ‘The Age of No Retirement?’ will be held at the Oxo Tower, London, 1–6 October 2014. This will bring together individuals from a wide range of disciplines to explore the social and economic opportunities of a Britain in which the average person now lives 10 years longer than was expected just 40 years ago.

Living longer brings with it its own set of challenges in terms of healthcare provision. While many of us will thrive in retirement, others will not. The retirement years often see an exacerbation of chronic long-term conditions including cardiovascular, respiratory, and perhaps mental health issues.

We hear constantly about the demographic time bomb, the baby boomers who stole the nation’s prosperity, and the unsustainable cost of paying for retirement in the future. However, there’s a positive side to this according to the Trading Times (, an award-winning online social enterprise who are jointly hosting the meeting. Trading Times matches the skills and experience of over-50s with the flexible resource needs of local UK businesses.

35% of the UK population is over 50, and we are healthier, more skilled, better educated and more dynamic than ever before. So why are the over-50s in the UK not playing a more central role in the economy, in society?

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Dr Jonathan Collie (Trading Times)

Trading Times and Commonland will bring together for the first time Britain’s key thinkers, influencers and innovators to re-model how we live and work in the age of no retirement. More than 100 leaders from all sectors of society will attend the event, for a series of live-streamed debates on a wide range of topics. The organisers hope that the resultant impact will change the way we think and behave.

Dr Jonathan Collie, founder of Trading Times, is committed to “improving the way society recognises, values and harnesses the collective capabilities of people transitioning out of full-time careers”.

He believes that  ‘The Age of No Retirement?’ event will explore the value inherent in a society in which people are living healthier, more productive lives for longer.

Meeting supporter, Sarah Harper, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford and Director of the Institute of Population Ageing, says: “No UK government so far has had a vision and coherent strategy to holistically address the ageing of our population. Trading Times has the vision”.

The organising group includes Georgina Lee, Founder of Commonland. If you would like to get involved either as a speaker or member of the audience please email or

Published on: August 5, 2014

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