Ex­cuse me, may I bor­row a grand­par­ent?

Warwick Daily News - - HOME - — Re­becca Sul­li­van, news.com.au

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.

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