The question we have to begin to ask ourselves is not how do we employ all the people who are rendered obsolete by technology, but how can we organize a society around something other than employment? Might the spirit of enterprise we currently associate with "career" be shifted to something entirely more collaborative, purposeful, and even meaningful?
Increasingly, perhaps, a job is something that we each have to create. We can't count on someone else to create one for us. That model is disappearing. We have to carve something out for ourselves, something that the machines won't immediately grab.
Do we all become entrepreneurs? I think the answer to that question is yes ... Ultimately, it means we have to find something useful to do, something so useful that others are willing to pay for it. Difficult, yes. Dangerous, maybe. But also — isn’t it just a little exciting?
- Street maintenance
- Child care
- Attendant care for the elderly
- Teachers' aides
- Tree planters
- Environmental restorers
Students of history will remember that Americans actually did this, with rather notable success, during the time that Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt were providing the leadership to make it happen.
Uncle Sam says, "We're Hiring!"