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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.

A little later today I am attending a virtual event being hosted by the Centre of Innovation at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

The event is entitled Edtech for Sustainability: designing for digital conferences. In the brief for the event they make this observation:

“There are several urgent matters that drive us to consider digital and other solutions for digital conferences & meetings. The most important are:

● Environment – reducing your C02 Carbon footprint for instance (#flyingless), or reducing food waste and use of plastics, as well as promoting biodiversity
● Inclusivity – making sure the same opportunities are there for young families, marginalized groups etc to participate without high cost
● Academic Work Pressure – reducing the time involved with travelling to various administrative requirements
● Coronavirus and other emergencies – this speeds up earlier necessities for digital collaboration, eg. Hong Kong University is now 100% online after campus closed.”

There is *no question* that the future of events and meetings will be more virtual as mobility is restricted (especially flying) If you have a service offering remember to design with this in mind.