The Big Middle

Andrew Scott

Episode Summary

Longer life model requires switch from recreation to re-creation

Episode Notes

Patchy at best, must do better - the report-card phrases that fit when assessing how government and big business are responding to the social revolution of healthy, longer lives.

On The Big Middle this time, Susan delves into what needs to change with Andrew Scott, economics professor at London Business School and co-author of The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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“People are unaware of the gains in life expectancy that have happened
and they tend to judge both their life expectancy and their life plan on what their parents or even grandparents did and that model is trying to >be stretched to fit a longer lifespan and it’s not really working very well.”

“We have more time and time is a social construct. In the 20th century, we invented the weekend, we invented teenagers, we invented retirement. And in the 21st century, we’re having to reinvent whole new stages and we see people in their 20s behaving differently, in their 70s behaving differently,, and in their 40s and 50s. But what we haven’t really done is change our structure of life, we still have this three-stage life of education, work and retirement. That worked well for 70 years but if you’re living to 100, that second stage becomes a 60-year career.”

“Governments are always schizophrenic in this area because they worry about Monday morning but they’re quite prepared to do things that affect you 50 or 100 years ahead. It’s the bit between one year and five years that they tend not to try and touch and corporates,in general, are even worse than governments in this regard - they’re doing, with a few exceptions, relatively very little.“

“There is only one thing worse than a life that is nasty, brutish and short and that’s a life that is nasty, brutish and long.”

“With the industrial revolution we saw the growth of the leisure industry - entertainment - but we’re now seeing the growth of a leisure industry that’s about investment in yourself.. your health, keeping fit, family time, community, learning new skills.”

"The idea that you can characterise vast numbers of millions of people by the fact they like avocado and they’re completely different to you in their 70s is ridiculous - people are just people. We need to break down that intergenerational divide and our reliance on chronological age - that’s at the heart of all these challenges.”


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