• culture

    YBL 2019: Wow, What a Day

    AGEIST reflects on our first YBL conference, the impact of our tribe coming together, and lessons learned.

    This past Tuesday, June 11, was our first conference, YBL (Your Best Life) in Los Angeles.

    Today, we are in grateful recovery mode. Putting on something like YBL is an immense undertaking, requiring a dedicated team giving it their all. We did, and it worked out wonderfully. Yes, there were a number of places we could improve — yikes, the food line, so sorry! — and we will get better on the next one.


    The takeaway for us is that the scale of our vision needs to be dramatically expanded. It is one thing to see Google stats saying all of you are global, it is quite another thing to actually meet people who traveled from around the world to be there. We are truly global.

    The other big moment is, although we had thought of ourselves as 50+, in actuality, as the brilliant Chip Conley so well articulated, middle age is now 35-75. Google has been telling us that half of you are under 45, but stats don’t have the same power as actually getting it in the gut from Chip.

    Joyful Validation

    What struck me personally more than anything, was that we had created a space where people had permission to be themselves, and to celebrate that with other like-minded people. In that sense it was the real-life version of what we do in our digital publication. Unlike any conference I have attended, there was a spirit of joyful validation permeating the room. I realized we had created a movement or, more humbly, had created a space for a movement to be expressed.

    Giving Voice to a Global Movement

    At the end of the event, when the reality of what we had done hit me, I was thunder struck, which led to me completely falling apart and being unable to speak — not something that happens too often around here. We had made this thing happen, we had given voice to a global movement. That, my friends, is some very heavy information to intake, and it floored me, quite literally.

    It is going to take a bit of time to fully recover and digest the learnings of our first YBL. I can assure everyone that there will be more. Where, how often, and what they will look like we can’t say today. But the planning and discussions are already beginning.

    We will be reviewing and commenting on what we learned from all the panels over the next few weeks and hope to offer some cogent insights on what it all meant.

    Thank you to everyone who was there, to all the incredible speakers, and to all the staff and volunteers. You are the people who inspire us day after day.

    David Stewart
    David Stewart
    David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.

    LATEST Profiles

    Barbara Corcoran, 70: Funding Visionary Women Entrepreneurs

    Illustration by Samantha Hahn.Barbara Corcoran is a legend. She built a real estate brokerage empire in NY from zero. If you lived in NY...

    Kristine Upesleja, 64: Leader in Innovative Textiles

    When I first heard of Kristine, it was about her work in textile innovation and sustainability that caught my attention. But what really got...

    Nuno Crisostomo, 55: Runner and UNICEF Emergency Specialist

    On Saturdays, Nuno Crisostomo, 55, wakes up at 6am and heads out for his weekend run. “It has to be early in the morning,...

    More Stories

    Sam Gilliam: Breakout Art Star at 85

    Sam has been doing more or less the same thing for the last 60 years. Except now his paintings go for $2 million when...

    In Praise of Jumpsuits

    Maybe it is Quentin Tarantino’s flick “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood,” and its glorification of the late '60s music and culture. Maybe it is...

    David’s August 2019 5-Step Health+Longevity Program

    Constantly adjusting and tweaking my longevity-focused health routine based on what we are learning here every day is an on going process. This is...

    Carpe Diem: Nick Bailey’s Fabulous Adventures

    We never know when something unforeseen will remove the future from us. Bad things happen. For some, like me, it means reducing the possibilities...

    Barbara Corcoran, 70: Funding Visionary Women Entrepreneurs

    Illustration by Samantha Hahn.Barbara Corcoran is a legend. She built a real estate brokerage empire in NY from zero. If you lived in NY...