“Recoding a Longevity Society”
Global Aging Narratives, Shaping Social Change.
Researcher, Advisor, Speaker & Blogger.
Mark Venning founded Change Rangers in 1996. With his vast knowledge of aging, longevity, work and career issues, he delivers research & advisory services primarily with non-profit and business leaders and speaks on topics regarding the business & social aspects of aging demographics such as marketing to segments of a 50+ audience, opportunities, trends and changing concepts in a longevity economy.
Recoding a longevity society means changing our frames of reference around aging and embedded constructs like retirement. Writing a new language offers us a way to reconsider how we finance our longevity, adopt science & technology, promote active aging, and design “age-inclusive” communities.
Advancing this conversation, his weekly Blog offers comment on elements such as inter-generational collaboration, elder care, gerontechnology, “financing longevity” (not a retirement) & working longer as a “New Decade Enterpriser”.
Mark’s expertise in career & talent development as a facilitator and advisor has found him working in both the corporate and not for profit sectors. He has designed and delivered courses, sat on advisory panels, coached and reviewed business plans for start-ups. With a special focus on Entrepreneurship in Later Life, he advises business professionals leaving corporate careers, to help them as they reinvest their talent designing a “portfolio” of enterprising activity.
Ongoing in 2018, Mark is a member on the marketing committee of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. He is co-founder (2014-19) of Planet Longevity a thought leadership panel, and Director of Corporate Development to a Brain Imaging Research company, Cognimetrix Inc. He joined Futurpreneur Canada in 2014 as a mentor for young entrepreneurs 18-39.
Mark held an industry leadership role (2004-2007), as Global President for the Association of Career Professionals International (ACP International), and was Board Chair for the Canadian Education & Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) (2013-2014).
As of June 2016, Mark joined the Board of the Oakville Galleries, a contemporary art museum. He is a member, chairing the Marketing/Communications team of the Halton Community Benefits Network, a working advisory group focused on promoting a regional strategy for Community Benefits Agreements & Social Procurement.