Work places for people who the knowledge economy has left behind

The income gap between well-to-do citizens and poor people in Israel is widening. This socio-economic gap is to be expected on some level but its breadth is very troubling, especially in a small country like Israel.

I had a fascinating conversation with a friend of mine describing the plight of someone who the knowledge economy has left behind and is unsuitable physically for the manufacturing world. I think if we all thought about this for a second, we would all know somebody like this. These are wonderful people who are being downsized from Government jobs, administrative help and even junior lawyers and accountants etc.

It got me thinking that there must be a way to create sustainable jobs for non-knowledge workers out of the knowledge economy outside of the incidental job creation in restaurants and furniture business that service these knowledge-based companies. Unfortunately, no ideas came to mind immediately aside from call centers. Is anyone aware of work that has been done in this area? Do you have any ideas?.

[Originally published on 26th February 2006 by MIchael Eisenberg]