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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Diversity and inclusion is not only our society’s biggest challenge, it’s our society’s biggest opportunity. If we figure this out, the economic prosperity that we will all achieve, in the sense of fairness and decency across all of our people in our communities, will be amazing. We can’t solve this by ourselves. … If we come together, and we all solve this issue, we all prosper, and we do the right thing. And from my perspective, this is the biggest opportunity we have to drive even more economic prosperity in our country.”
— Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman and senior partner of PwC, 
in the Three Big Points episode “The CEO’s Problem to Solve

IRL (Irish Rural Link) Climate change

The excellent organisation held a well attended conference on Rural Ireland and what it can do about climate change in Athlone on May 27, 2019. This is a subject close to our heart and it concerns so much about making a difference and giving back to the community.

A great review of lots of projects underway, lots of understanding of the extent of the problem. a nice presentation by Mr. Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner about what might be available in terms of financial supports down the road.

A very diverse group of attendees and all on the days when the ‘green swing’ in the EU parliament elections were being noticed and new MEP’s were being elected.

One small critique, no great call to action , from the speakers. The organisation itself is calling for a climate summit of all parties in Ireland to try to get behind some common goals. From there plans can be made.

Some key takeaways for us.. Electricity de-carbonisation is not in the hands of the Irish Government but is being managed by EU.

Our main (our being Irish Government and citizens) action zones are in transport and agriculture. That is where the changes must occur.

Ireland is the worst in Europe at de-carbonising its economy. We produce more tonnes of CO2 per head than most of our European colleagues.

Some disturbing thoughts. But we are an inventive people and will find a way to get in front of the pack and lead!

Remote working

We have read a great deal about this and a recent survey indicates that over 140k people define their work as remote. This seems very large in and Irish context. Further work will be done on this to establish the validity and types of work. A great organisation growremote is working on this with government bodies and are to be commended.

There are some worries on this front too however. Many individuals find that working remote is a bit lonely. They seem to miss the interaction with colleagues and the plain old banter of the world of work. This is helped by joining in and using coworking places. Thankfully these are spreading all over the place. It is critical that employers help support these for the well being  of their team members and also for their own sucess .

As usual the idea of remote working is turning into a blend of working at home, working in coworking centres and other facilities and attendance at the central place of work. (If one actually exists!)

The opportunities in this area are growing and changing by leaps and bounds. Increasingly it is being found that open offices, multitudes of meetings, and micromanagement are actually reducing  productivity. Present day remote workers are a bit like evangalists and are making new ground. Turst is the key to future success in this area.

Changes in management skills and also in employee skills will be needed to make sure that remote workers are managed well and feel a productive and valuable part of an organisation. That is a two way street. Thankfully there are more and more people reporting about their direct experiences and the good and bad apples in the barrell.

The future of work in the workplace seems to be moving. There will be more automation of routine works. Some evidence based decision making will change too as computers will be able to consider more variables than us poor human brains. We see this in reports of improved early diagnosis of skin cancers by machines rather than by Doctors.   So work will change at the basic end and at the high end. ( in terms of perceived value rewarded per hour)

New skills will be needed and we will all need to adapt. But that is what we are good at. So no fears, onwards!

 

Reaching Rural and living the dream life

We call it reaching your rural dream life. That is the dream you had to leave the big smoke, the city and get back to where life is easier. To reach your dream of living your rural dream life. All your life you felt this pull, this call of the country. A dream to have a nice house, a bit of space, and a friendly community where you get to know your neighbours.

With the success of remote working your rural dream life is more attainable than ever before. You can do it, you can reach for your rural dream. So get the remote work, then look at communities that you would like to live in. Find one with like minded people, be that outdoor living, educational facilities nearby, specialty drama or theater and so on. Do go there and take a house for a week or more. Check it out, bring your friends and family, see what they think.

Look at the prices, don’t spend too much but try to be sensible. Remember you are building your rural dream life and need to allow for other expenses in that dream. Then check out health care, education opportunities, commuting, activities, clubs and societies in the area. Find a realtor. Do your research!

The future is bright, we can also help you with your choices. If you are a futurist tier member of our Patreon site then we offer you a considered view of the options. we can give you a second opinion about large life style changes. This is removed from you, somewhat impersonal but more objective as a result. We look at the pros and cons and talk you through your plans. Often you find out so much more about your choices and how you can make them work to match your dreams.

So go ahead and complete the form. If you have an annual Patreon membership with us, we will get back to you and go through the choices you are making and why and offer you our opinion on them! Change is great but second opinions can help!

NASA report

So here is a link that makes the case for what is increasing the amount of methane in the air. We have been reading here in #smartrural about cows and other ruminants creating all these greenhouse gasses.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-led-study-solves-a-methane-puzzle

This research indicates that rice paddies and increased hydrocarbon burning have exactly added the amount of increase that was measured. It is nice when sums add up.

Love other opinions or ideas on this but as a top down view (get it, Nasa, satellites etc) it looks pretty robust!

So maybe rural communities can continue to play a role in food production/ #smartrural

 

CES 2019

Here we worry that there is not enough representation at CES. It is an area where we find our competitors are presenting their new products. We need to encourage some agricultural bodies to take a stand and show off the good things that are happening in the countryside. From building strong sustainable communities to using new technology for food production to providing safe homs with great education and health opportunities.

There is so much happening in the cities of the world, so much Investment, so much new technology being deployed the countryside might become forgotten. the best brains seem to be concentrating on providing new smarter platforms for the cities. We need to get some of these brains to help the country build on its strength and be able to be sustainable into the future.

Internet purpose

While working away reading of 5G, the future of work and smart cities, Ihappened on this infographic. It is a good one but Imust spend some time and figure out how many people are using the internet each minute.

The amazing thing to me is that most of the time is on communication and social networks. Yet as a race we seem to be more isolated than every

Some other aspects I found and will write about soon

  • the number of people living alone has never been so high and is growing rapidly
  • over 30% of people working in USA would rather live somewhere else and most would like to move from city setting to rural or suburban town setting
  • a few rural communities have rebuilt themselves by adopting a common purpose and going for it with as much energy as they could
  • the role of the countryside and its strength in its community will be needed as cities continue to grow.

    An interesting graphic on internet usage. 5g and future of work will continue to see this evolve.

    so thanks for reading. More to follow! #smartrural