Independent Living Network
Uberisation of care
The last workshop in autumn 2016 focused on the “Uberisation of care and support”. Uber taxis and Airbnb have long been a fact of life, with people ordering an Uber taxi on the spur of the moment or booking their holiday flat online. And the principle behind these digital matching businesses has also reached the areas of assistance, support and care. The members of the network all agreed how important it was to identify at an early stage the opportunities and risks the platform economy presented in terms of social and health care and understand the possible impact. The workshop produced a mission paper (in german), which was also published as an article (in german) in the Swiss trade magazine Krankenpflege. In collaboration with Careum Continuing Education, an evening event was also held on 21 June 2017, which asked “Is the Uber and Airbnb Principle Taking over Care Provision?”.
Director and sounding board
Richard Züsli was the Director of the Independent Living Network until December 2016. He was supported by a sounding board made up of Prof. Dr. Andrea Kofler (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW), Prof. Dr. Ing. Christophe Kunze (Furtwangen University) and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Otto (Head of Careum Research).