Podcast: Chip Conley, The Time of Our Lives

Podcast: Chip Conley, The Time of Our Lives

How can we each become modern elders and begin to enjoy the opportunity of midlife? Chip Conley explains, and shares why its important to preserve the heart of spirituality and ritual.

Chip Conley joined the tiny tech start-up Airbnb nearly a decade ago after a successful career as a boutique hotel company founder and CEO. He was twice the age of the average Airbnb employee which earned him the title "Airbnb's Modern Elder" who was as curious as he was wise. As the internal mentor to the young Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, Chip got to see the value of intergenerational collaboration in a company that has now grown to be the most valuable hospitality company in the world.

His bestselling book "Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder" is a testament to rethinking the value of having five generations in the workplace and why more companies are doing their best to encourage their older workers to stay in the workplace longer. Chip's Modern Elder Academy has more than 3,000 alumni from 42 countries and 26 regional chapters globally who've come to the Mexican beachfront campus. MEA will be opening two campuses in Santa Fe, New Mexico soon.

“The truth is that as we get older, the playing field of the body can be replaced by the playing field of the heart, our emotional intelligence, our relationships, our spiritual intelligence. There’s wisdom and brain function that get better with age.”

In this episode, Chip and Rabbi Rami talk about rites of passage, the opportunity of midlife, and preserving the heart of spirituality.

Read Rabbi Rami's thoughts on this podcast discussion here.

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