I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

Many of us are experiencing our lives severely curtailed, our businesses upended. Our consumption reduced to a minimum. Events forcing us to focus on what is really important and realizing there are better ways of doing things.

As we rebuild after this crisis is over, we know “business as usual” isn’t an option. We need to do things differently. In fact we must! From the NYT piece entitled What the Coronavirus Means For Climate Change

“But personal consumption and travel habits are, in fact, changing, which has some people wondering if this might be the beginning of a meaningful shift. Maybe, as [we] hunker down with cabinets full of essentials, [our] sense of what consumer goods [we] need will shrink. Maybe, even after the acute phase of the coronavirus crisis has passed, [we] will be more likely to telecommute. Lifestyles that include, for example, frequent long-distance travel already seem ethically questionable in light of the climate crisis, and, in an age irrevocably scarred by pandemic, these lifestyles may come to be seen as grossly irresponsible. Maybe among the relatively wealthy, jumping on a plane for a weekend away or for a destination wedding will come to seem unthinkable.”

What we do next is going to be incredibly important for all our futures.