Australia-based Anne Marie Elias pulls no punches in this article by setting out the reality that by 2017 the number of unemployed people globally will be over 200 million. She sees innovation based on collaboration which brings people from a diverse range of backgrounds from the whole community to work together as an essential aspect of how to tackle this.
She gives an excellent example of this “social business at scale” (Jeremy Scrivens) in the shape of Uber Australia, who partnered with a disability organisation to employ people with disabilities as drivers. Leading to the formation of Uber Assist, which provides drivers trained in assisting people with disabilities and the elderly.
She makes an important distinction here between charity and what this is, a social business which moves “beyond the status quo” and “about deeper engagement with leaders and connecting to community”.
As she rightly points out, our future depends on this way of thinking and acting becoming the norm.