Micro-tasking, crowdsourcing and distributed work over the Web will enable traditionally excluded groups, such as the elderly, the poor, the rural, and the stay-at-home parent to stay active and engaged in the economy.
Dawn suggested how online networking will allow unused or under-utilised workers to participate in economic activities.
KataK suggests engaging senior citizens as tutors, workers and contributors. This would benefit both the senior citizens and students.
How would this contribute to improving services?
First, engaging the elderly would encourage more social and mental activity, which has been found to enhance mental and physical health. This will lower public health costs and the burden on the government.
Second, empowering stay-at-home mothers and rural population would enhance employment, provide more gainful activities, and contribute to overall social and economic welfare.
Third, retired experts from around the world in many fields could stay active and engaged; thereby enhancing the level of services and training available for hire.
Finally, the government itself could use these distributed workers to enhance speed and efficiency, while lowers costs, for many government services.
What do you think? How else might this change government services and economic development?