The main idea behind the Time to Share platform is to bring knowledge, skills and experience that older people have cultivated over a lifetime of work to Small to Medium Enterprises (SME's).
There is a prevailing stereotype that older people are less efficient and productive in the work environment - however our research shows that many older people do not feel as if they are ready to retire and would not classify themselves as "old". For many of our respondents, their jobs represented their way of feeling useful and part of wider society, and described their working life as adding "purpose" or even adding "years to their lives.
We believe that sharing information between older people and fledgling SME's is the key to long term benefits for both older people and SME's. The SME's will receive a lifetime's worth of experience and skills and in return older people will have the fulfillment of volunteering their skills and stay connected with society. It's time to share.
To fulfull this ambitious goal, time to share will provide four services:
- A skills matching service: The skills matching service allows our users to input their skills and find an SME who needs their time.
- Sensors and self-report data gathering: The platform can be integrated with sensors which can gather cognitive information about the user such as their visual limitations.
- Adaptable Decision Making Service: Using the Sensor data, the system should automatically select the best configuration for the user, especially those who suffer from age-related problems such as poor eyesight.
- A collaborative and adaptive workspace: A fully customisable workspace for the user