April 4, 2020
Humankind is now facing a global crisis. Perhaps the biggest crisis of our generation. These events will impact the economy, politics, and culture. Though we are to face hardships in the near future, we can create a better place in the long-term if we learn from this moment in time.
The world has already changed we have all taken part in a social experiment, what have we learned?
Google, Microsoft, Twitter. Hitachi, Apple, Amazon. Chevron, Salesforce, Spotify. From the UK to the US, Japan to South Korea, these are all global companies that have, in the last few days, rolled out mandatory work-from-home policies amid the spread of Covid-19. And it’s realistic to assume that shifting to the ‘home office’ will become the new normal for many of us.
We are in the midst of a global social experiment with millions of people taking the home office for a spin - This experiment will be studied for years to come - Employees working from home will probably find they are happier with their job. Meanwhile, the company saves money on reduced office space and productivity will rise. The home office will likely be embraced by the business economy.
Working from home has its challenges- it’s very lonely, but over time we will improve on it and build the right social structures to support it. One solution may be to develop communitive workspaces.
Governments and cities of the world are losing the battle of transportation vs population growth.
The coronavirus allows 30%-50% of the population to work from home. The remaining population has 30-50% more available roads. The best way to change the status quo is to offer more people to work from their homes and provide better communication online.
This can be done by developing commutative workspaces.
the coronavirus has shown that we can reduce air pollution dramatically with social change Traffic levels in the city were estimated to be down 35% compared to a year ago. Emissions of carbon monoxide, mainly due to cars and trucks, have fallen by around 50% for a couple of days this week according to researchers at Columbia University.
They have also found that there was a 5-10% drop in CO2 over New York and a solid drop in methane as well.
Generations young and old have embraced ordering form the internet in the last few months. They had to learn to find food, supplies, and services. We can expect a dramatic rise in online traffic in the new world.
The Coronavirus is showing us the need for a new type of homeland defense tech that aims to deal with natures threats. This last year has had the world on at an uphill battle fighting Fires, Floods, Earthquakes and Pandemics - These threats are upsetting the economy on a global scale. Human kind has been battling the forces of nature for as long as we exist, we have won great battles, invented medicine, defeated the fieriest of animals, crossed the skies and oceans, we have the ability to overcome.
We have been given a unique opportunity to wake into a different future, it is up to us to take this opportunity to shape a better tomorrow.
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