The Silver Economy refers to the value of the ageing population. We all know colleagues, family members or friends who where born in the post-war industrial era. Some have many resources avaliable for businesses and society. With great experience, they coach the youth, and with great passion, they involve themselves in leasure activities, home projects or family events. Further, with marginal debts, great savings and a lot of time, they travel and experience the cities as never before. However, as many other elderly face health issues, we tend to see the them as a burden who need to be dealt with.
The same story is unfolding in many cities. The one side of the coin shows a beautiful cultural heritage, which people from all over the world will experience and enjoy. In some extreme cases, the Disneyfication of cultural heritage inhibits the locals from living their daily lifes. We all now beautiful Medieval places in e.g. Italy or France, where tourist are taking over the national monuments. The other side of coin shows the decay of abandonned factories, habour facilities and bankrupted recreational buildings. Neglegting this cultural heritage will be a great loss for future generations.
The people and buildings of the past Century formed the cities that we now live in. Instead of sending the foundings fathers to retirement homes or demolishing our cultural heritage, we need better ways of sourcing the values of the Silver Economy. Yes, it is expensive to restore old buildings, and Continue reading “Silver Economy: Business Innovation of Urban Industrial Heritage”