The Second Wind Tour to Hit Cities in May

Join the Conversation on May 9 in Minneapolis

Do you sometimes look around and feel like we live in a “youth obsessed” culture in which every race goes to the swiftest and every prize to the most aggressive? There is a change underway and Lifesprk is part of it. As boomers take center stage with numbers and passion, we are on the verge of a transformation. But which way will it go?

Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in medicine today, is bringing a radical new approach to growth and aging through his national “non-fiction” theatrical tour produced in partnership with AARP’s Life Reimagined, Capital Impact Partners, Merrill Lynch and more than three dozen sponsor organizations including Lifesprk.

Lifesprk is sponsoring the tour’s stop in Minneapolis, MN on May 9, the only performance in the upper mid-west for this invitation-only event.

Second Wind Tour

Friday, May 9

1 – 5 pm

Orchestra Hall

Minneapolis, MN

Inspired by Thomas’ new book examining the baby boom generation’s reluctant generational second coming of age—“Second Wind:  Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life” (published by Simon and Schuster March 11 and named by Publisher’s Weekly as a Top 10 Social Science book of 2014)—the Second Wind Tour will visit 25 cities on a national bus tour from March 31-June 6, 2014.

Well known as an inspirational writer, speaker, and performer, Dr. Thomas combines his efforts to promote change in medicine and society with elements of artistic expression. His background as a playwright (“Kallimos,” “Play What’s Not There”) and musician helped him to create the Second Wind Tour’s unique “non-fiction” theater experience blending theater, video, and music.

Each half-day performance will be held in a premier theater with two acts. Act one will consist of five fast-paced theatrical monologues featuring a cast of speakers including Dr. Thomas and renowned consumer health expert and TV personality Dr. Janet Taylor. The second act blends the illumination of the deep connections between music, identity, and memory in the form a “marvelous surprise” documentary film preview by director Michael Rossato-Bennett followed by a live musical performance by Musicians for World Harmony Founder Samite Mulondo.

By blending spoken word, innovative set design (by Tony-award winning designer John Arnone and projection designer Austin Switser), film, and music into a single experience, the tour will offer audiences a holistic exploration that draws on a deep well of evidence-based approaches to growth, change, aging, health, and wellness. The goal of the tour is to start a new conversation that reframes “life after adulthood” as an exciting stage of human growth and development—a time for challenging received attitudes toward aging.

“The Tour is really a companion to the book’s ‘second wind’ theme in that it challenges the conventional narrative of decline in mid-life and beyond,” Dr. Thomas said. “I want people to see, hear, feel, and connect to the power that arises from finding a ‘second wind’ in life.”

To launch the tour, Dr. Thomas assembled a coalition of more than three-dozen national and local sponsors, including Lifesprk, who share his vision of helping people “re-imagine their lives, work, and communities.” Sponsors play a direct role in creating the tour, selecting the four speakers performing on stage with Dr. Thomas and personally inviting each attendee to the invitation-only events.

The theme of “reimagination” attracted AARP’s Life Reimagined and Capital Impact Partners, which will each sponsor a speaker on the 25-city tour, as well as Merrill Lynch, also a national sponsor.

“The Second Wind tour will be groundbreaking and promises to provide inspiration, insight and a new lens to view aging,” said Dr. Taylor. “After the show is over we want to provide the tools to help folks find their ‘what’s next?’ in life.”

Each tour stop will feature a local speaker selected by community sponsors and a number of regional performers will join the tour for a week at a time.

Joel Theisen, CEO & Founder of Lifesprk, will be the local speaker for the Minneapolis tour-stop and he will also be the featured regional speaker for the northeast tour swing through Buffalo, NY, Portsmouth, NH, Boston, MA, Hartford, CT and Philadelphia, PA.

We invite you to be part of the conversation that will help shape and craft the change ahead – starting May 9 with this inspiring, thought-provoking event.