A website/hotline system with young people of various backgrounds available round the clock to be called, texted, mailed by various older people to get solutiosns on whatever issues they are facing (like an old people's emergency hotline).
'Dirt World' is a simple Alternate-Reality-Game modelled after basic adventure board games like Dungeons and Dragons, that provides children with multiple game tasks to steer them to ways to reuse, recycle or innovatively use waste.
Wow! Your concept is amazing. Oh, there is no old person, in no culture or tribe, that does not have some magical or mysterios trick or story with which to entertain young ones with. This idea would really work perfectly between old people and little children (adolescents like to act all 'grown up' :D ). I think a step for implementation would just be the magis meetings: training for children to perform simple magic tricks (and it could go both ways), performances at children events, etc. But it could also be very educational: there are a lot of things that can be taught to children. For one, hand-eye cordination: magicians have to be extremely good at that, and so also those who are able to catch magicians. Critical thinking is another skill: how can you dtrick the audience in real time, impromtu while on the stage? How can such a fast thinking skill be applied in helping to solve real life emergency situations? Concentration and focus: how can you differentiate between the nosie and distractions and focus on the real issue (in the case of magic, the sleight of the magician's hands). Such a skill can be applied to real life situtaions when dealing with complex issues where there are a lot of distractions, Also memory skills: how a child magician can remember every step of the trick so he/she doesn't get confused. Also how the audience can remember every step of the magician and what exactly he/she did, without getting confused by the trick. So the pattern here would be teaching kids the particular cognitive and perceptual skills needed to both be able to trick an audience (as the magician), or catch the trick (as a member of the audience).
Thanks for the comment Paul reader. Though in any society social services are always necessary, I can understand the government of Australia trying to implement a 'work-for-dole' system. There are a lot of social initiatives that would need the help of a massive number of volunteers, and unemployed people on the 'dole' can constitute an important system for meeting up this volunteer demand. Again, one key thing I've observed is that while a lot of young people usually need knowledge and wisdom from elders as well as a platform to serve, older people usually need younger ones to help them out in the simple issues of modern life, and who they can pass down the knowledge and wisdom they've developed over the ages. This idea seeks to bridge all these concerns, using the needs of one system and the supply for another.
WOW! Thanks for the comments Louis and Kadri. I'm awed. Really appreciate it. And on the questions....that's where I need your help guys 'cause the concept still needs a lot of fleshing out. My idea for the ...... well, 'idea', is that its volunteer based. Either it works with numbers of the volunteer youth members, or (more preferable) there's a toll free number that redirects to the numbers of the youth volunteers. Most of the service is supposed to be free so incentives would be things like the gamification where both young and old users get points and can compare, compete and collaborate with each other, a learning system where the young volunteers work with a social learning curriculum and keep diaries of their daily activities and are able to see the relations of the theoretical social work they are taught in the learning system, to the real care work that they do with the old people. Some activities for the youth volunteers in the learning system could be explaining how old people react to certain challenges, how they view certain concepts, what their core concerns, hopes and dreams, and what are the simple things that could be done to greatly improve the lives of older people. So yes kadri there'll be a training, especially on empathy, but it would run side by side with their volunteer work (as practicals). I think a lot of this particular training would be through online platforms (for the young people) either using existing materials like MOOCs and MOOC platforms like coursera and edx, or youtube ed videos, or new material developed for a new app (I think the app, especially for training reasons) will need to be developed. The aim is to keep everything free, but costs will occur and I'd wish for the project to be self sustainable. My idea would be that those who can afford to pay for services, should. So on the 'rent' concept that I discussed earlier, it wouldn't be for everyone. The average older person should be able to 'rent' the younger person for free (provided he/she covers any personal costs that will occur like eating out or something, that's up to them). But If its the case of say the earlier example I gave, of the older executive who wants to 'rent' a young person to understand the perculiarities of the younger demographics, or to get other business related answers/help, if the person is wealthy, I believe the person should be able to pay a token, because that's like arranging a mini-focus group of sorts. The issue with this would be segregating users accordingly. Maybe in the end everything would be free and we'll just rely on donations