Are you working in County Wexford, Ireland as a remote worker? We are setting up a chapter here of grow remote. Do you sometimes wish to meet up and chat to others working the same way? Do you like to hear about tools, techniques and tips for this way of working. Or just have a bit of banter with a community with remote working as the common denominator. Jump in, read a bit here about what grow remote is as an organisation and then contact us for more!
The County Wexford branch is hosted on the ChangeX platform and it is really lonely at the moment with just me as a member. Jump to the site and join. It costs nothing, you can bail at any time. But being in at the start is exciting. So come along and be in at the start of our new community here in Wexford .
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
so thanks for reading. More to follow! #smartrural
These are a few little tasks that can take some frustration out of our lives. They are all practical and hopefully without costs.
I hope that when 5g comes to pass we can use it to find our keys. So many times we wonder, where did I put my keys..So a small RFID or sensor plus a couple of beacons should allow us to find them rapidly in our homes. It may seem trivial and not as grandiose as other ideas but it could help a lot of people.
Another one is- did Iturnoff the gas, water, lock the door, turn on the alarm, put the cat out. Again if we are leaving home in a rush thenthese thoughts pop into our mind. Because we do it constantly we more than likely did but..so what do we do now- turn around and go back to check. Then we are late and annoyed and indeed traffic may have got worse. When we have 5 g and our things are connected it should be easy to have a leaving house routine where doors are locked, gas turned off, water turned off etc. A few solenoids, a small software programme and then connectivity to it from car or smart phone or even telling a device that you are leaving home.
The same when returning, especially if it is dark and cold. At present we have tolog into an App, turn on lights, kettle etc. How cumbersome and unpleasant is that. Again a simple software script, a voice sensor and a call to connected device should allow a check list or routine set up to be started and ready for you.
Just some simple ideas of what might be useful to mere mortals!
The remoteness of some towns and villages make it difficult to maintain a medical service. But this is nothing new. As these towns and villages developed there was not always a medical service. A local person, sometimes a midwife, sometimes a Vet was called in to assist with lifes medical emergencies.
We don’t ahve to go back to that however. There are so many new ways for care to be delivered in the community. We now have skin patches that can measure 5 or 6 different key indicators in the body and report them in real time if they are off target. We have fit watches. We have many passive and active devices in the home to enable us to see if our elderly citizens are up and about.
The networking effect of #smartrural will build a community were neighbours know what is going on with their neighbours. The connectivity of IoT will assist the well in aiding the not so well.
In some places there are regular clinics where the Dr and his team come in with equipment etc and attend to a village. Items like vaccinations, checkups, new prescriptions, can be tracked using #smartrural and the team can arrive informed and ready to provide services.
With 5 G connectivity will come much better serviecs, and yes they may be remote, but, a service that is effective and remote is better than a local non effective one.