October 18, 2012
WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Getting Rich At The Jobs Of The Future.
In the worlds of higher-ed and finance, many of these kinds of jobs are already well established. Healthcare isn’t far behind and it’s likely that more and more families trying to wrestle with the complexities of health care organizations, insurance companies and government regulations are going to reach out to consultants who can help them make sense of the whole business.
Think of these new professionals as navigators: helping people chart a course through the increasingly complex institutions of the 21st century. One of the classic methods of economic progress is that goods and services once reserved to the very rich gradually become available to mass market consumers at a lower cost. Figuring out how regular middle class families can get help that in the past only elites could have is a way by which a new generation of professionals can create their own jobs and chart a fresh course of their own.
The collapse of the blue model and the mass manufacturing economy kills many jobs and causes a lot of pain. But the same processes that are closing some doors are opening others. America’s future depends on how quickly we recognize and act on the opportunities now opening up on every side.
Well, this is what lawyers have done for ages. But is a society so complex that every bit of it is lawyerized a good thing>