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Carnegie Hall: Portraits of Power and What We Can Learn

Vital organizations exude health and energy and enthusiasm. Like vital people, they are full of hope and anticipation for things to come.

—De Pree, 1997, p. 99

This chapter tells the story of a seniors’ center in a city of 40,000 people on the west coast of Canada. The center was named Carnegie Hall because it was a place where seniors were given the opportunity to pursue their passions and encouraged to display their skills and talents. The characterization of the world of Carnegie Hall begins with a history of the organization described in terms of evolving leadership, programs and activities, and perceptions of seniors. The organizational structure is outlined, including the ...

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