This profile was prepared when Nancy Henkin was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Nancy has developed a new social contract for American communities which values interdependence, reciprocity, individual worth, inclusion and social connectedness. Her vision is to create Communities for All Ages (CFAA) that intentionally promote the well-being of children, youth, adults, and elders; strengthen families; and restore the social fabric on which all citizens rely. Her community building approach renews the value and power of intergenerational relationships and brings together residents of all ages, community organizations, and policy makers to address issues of concern to multiple generations, such as family support, housing, transportation, lifelong learning, civic engagement, and health. Nancy is helping move individuals and organizations out of age silos and into powerful collaborations. The results include more coordinated services, expanded social networks, and a physical infrastructure that supports people across their lifespans.