In addition to grassroots activism, OATS provides thought leadership to practitioners in the aging field, policymakers, and corporate leaders by publishing in academic journals, trade publications, and the popular press, on topics ranging from broadband’s role in reducing social isolation among rural seniors, to how the development of Gen Xers’ thinking about technology has led to an increasing sophistication in how we can use technology to solve for the challenges of an aging world and to address other social issues.
As an influential voice shaping the dialogue around the future of aging, OATS also speaks often and widely at professional gatherings. For example, in the last several years OATS executives have presented an inspiring new vision and innovative approaches at cross-sector conferences and aging-themed forums in Bogotá and Santiago, Seoul and Tokyo, Toronto and New York, Moscow and Madrid, Jerusalem, Sydney and other cities throughout the United States and around the world. In 2018, PBS’s Next Avenue named OATS founder Tom Kamber as one of its twelve global “Influencers in Aging,” and other organizations have recognized OATS’s ingenuity, advocacy, and leadership in the space by bestowing numerous other awards.
OATS also works closely with these councils and organizations, helping influence policy to more effectively support older adults:
- New York City Mayor’s Broadband Task Force
- New York City Mayor’s Non-Profit and Social Services Sector Advisory Council
- Age-Friendly New York Commission
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Aging Policy Advisory Council
- LiveOn NY
- National Digital Inclusion Alliance
- National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
- National Council on Aging
- National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)
- American Society on Aging