Excuse me, may I borrow a grandparent?
IN 2030, if we need a ballgown, a grandparent to babysit our children or a screwdriver to repair damage at home, we’ll go online, pay a small fee and borrow one.
Most of us won’t own cars or holiday homes, or work at the same office every day. Our houses won’t be filled with stuff we rarely use.
Many of our daily functions will be outsourced for a small fee, and all of these interactions will be controlled through our smartphones.
These are the predictions of business futurist Morris Miselowski, who argues the sharing economy will soon facilitate most of our daily interactions.
“We used to amass things just in case, but we don’t have to any more, because we can find the things we need when we need them quite easily and comfortably, through the sharing economy,” Mr Miselowski said.
Here are some ways the sharing economy will become part of our lives. ◗ DELIVERY: “The supermarkets and the arrival of Amazon will bring mass delivery everywhere. But people will also be looking for short-term, swift deliveries,” Mr Miselowski said.
“People who have a spare back seat or boot will pick up goods and services for people and deliver them. It could be groceries, it could be anything.”
◗ ADVERTISING: “People are willing to have their car wrapped with advertising for a fee. That will soon become the norm.”
◗ MONEY: “People are doing away with the usual money players like the banks, and lending money peer-to-peer will soon become the norm.”
◗ COOKING: “There are lots of people who will come and cook for you at their home or yours.”
◗ GRANDPARENTS: “Families who don’t have that extra support or a grandparent can hire one. It fosters social connectedness and provides that much-needed support for families,” Mr Miselowski said.