Taking the Long View

Taking the Long View

The course explores the ramifications of longevity both holistically and through several lenses – viewing it as a medical, socio-economic, workplace, institutional, educational and personal phenomenon.

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Why Take This Course?

This course addresses the potentially profound implications of significantly increased longevity – the fact that average life expectancy continues to increase by 2-3 months per year, and that a 20-year old student in the United States today has a better than 50 percent chance of living to 100. Navigating a 100-year life, and working into one’s 70s or 80s, will become the norm rather than the exception – and the consequences may be quite as transformative as those of globalization, technology and climate change.

The course explores the ramifications of longevity both holistically and through several lenses – viewing it as a medical, socio-economic, workplace, institutional, educational and personal phenomenon. In this way, the course facilitates engagement with a complex and important issue from a multi-disciplinary perspective – drawing upon macroeconomics, public policy, finance, medicine, organizational behavior, social psychology, life and career design. It requires integrative problem solving to address an open-ended question – how will longevity change the society in which we live? And it enables students to understand in a thoughtful and nuanced way what it will mean for them personally to live their lives in an era of increased longevity.

Led by Nick Lovegrove, former McKinsey senior partner and author of the recently published book The Mosaic Principle, students in this course interact with several global experts on the subject of longevity – including the co-author of The 100-Year Life – and follow a structured path to understanding the implications of longevity for themselves and for us all.

Nick Lovegrove

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