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Post Pandemic Future

The book collecting over twenty scenarios for a post pandemic future

As I mentioned in a post a month ago, I was involved in contributing to the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities – Scenarios for a post pandemic future” along with several other futurists in an initiative coordinated by Rohit Talwar. The book is now available both in a digital and paper form.

Next Sunday, July 5th, at 19:30 CET (Italy time) or 1:30 pm (NYC time) there will be a webinar where I will be participating presenting ideas on a post pandemic future leveraging on personal digital twins.

There will be an interesting presentation by Tom Cheesewright on the topic “Don’t expect a post-pandemic remote working boom” as well as a presentation by Rohit Talwar on The Next Futures of Organisations, Work, and the Workplace.  The whole will be moderated by Steve Wells.

I am looking forward to the presentations and discussion, this latter will involve all webinar participants.

The weaving topic, that of what changes in work and work spaces can be expected in coming years is making the headlines of newspapers since the lock down has shifted in a matter of days million of workers from their usual work place to the home office (sort of) and guess what:

  • companies discovered that home working was indeed possible and productivity (in many instances) did not suffer at all
  • people discovered that a life without commuting can be enjoyable

Yet it was, is, not all rosy:

  • some companies felt current processes inadequate for home working. Security is one of the big issue when companies data are accessed from many places that have not undergone strict clearance procedures
  • a few companies established digital controller to monitor their employees activity creating a sort of Big Brother that has raised many concerns
  • real estate value has plummeted as more and more office space was released
  • some people felt depressed being all alone at home (and some found out that it was close to impossible to work and share the room with kids and pets…)
  • the delocalised company may be loosing the kind of recognition that comes by being in well known premises

This is why you get a variety of opinionated comments on what the future will be like when looking at work and work organisation, Just yesterday there was one newspaper in Italy stating that “home working is here to stay” whilst another was adamant in declaring “going back to the workplace, the sooner the better”.

With these variety of possibilities the discussion promises to be lively and the debates with participants stimulating.  Don’t miss it!

The webinar is free and you can register here.

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.