Miklos Kis writes: “Several profound transformations are taking place in the world of labour at the same time. Aspects of a so-called sharing economy and the new wave of automation are appearing to rewrite old rules. The long-term consequences of this turning point depend on the policies adopted by different governments. ..
How can we prepare for these changes? Many theorists, such as Robert Reich, suggest a universal basic income. This seems to be a logical solution, but it is not enough to give money to everyone for some food and for some entertainment. People need a sense of esteem and importance. Work is too integrated into our lives not to leave a devastating vacuum. It offers a sense of belonging, status, identity and much more.
“We must cultivate our garden” concluded Voltaire in Candide. This wisdom is not outdated. People want to create value, and thus work is important. The result of work is usually measured by money —except in cases regarded as special, such as Wikipedia. Most people are accustomed to the fact that work creates products, and that these products are paid for by someone. If no one wants to pay for a product, it is not considered a real product, nor is its creation considered as work, but an amateur activity, and voluntary work is rarely considered the best solution to the problem of the absence of work.”