Every year the BBC publishes several articles on 'The future of commuting'.
most recent article it's clear that something different must be done to ease congestion . And the interviews tell of several really great ideas for 'Digitising' Railways. A previous article titled 'Will technology help us escape urban commuting hell? used images of driver-less pods to illustrate the use of technology.
The reason that this matters is that it is your life they are talking about. Visions of the future as 'more-of-the-same with a bit of automation of the bits we can automate' are not only un-creative they are actively dangerous. Such visions of commuting are complicit in continuing to fritter your life away and steal the time you have for the things you really want to do.
I have a short quiz for you:
- Do you have a jet pack?
- Which moves faster? Atoms or. Electrons?
- Which is easier to send round the world? Waves or Matter?
- Or let me put it another way. Is it faster and easier to get an email from your office to you'? Or to 'get you to the office to read the email'?
About a fifth of the energy we use is used for transport - mostly to move people from homes (with computers connected to the internet) to and from offices or schools (with computers connected to the internet) or to and from meetings.
Any plan to solve global scale challenges such as climate change or the migrant crisis that doesn't involve a radical rethink about moving electrons instead of people isn't really a serious plan.
About a fifth of the average worker's time is spent in meetings of which a quarter of that time is completely wasted, according to Management Today. Harvard Business Review warns us that for senior management, it's more like four-fifths spent in meetings and that doesn't even take into account the time spent getting there and back! McKinsey's warn about the wasted time. But worrying about time is not enough. In our fast-changing, complex world, learning new ways, how good is the quality of any decisions taken in these meetings? How good is the perspective of any plans made in these meetings?
I must declare an interest. I began to 'digitise and virtualise' my life and business over ten years ago and am a strong advocate for new behaviours. In a minute long video from a client of mine, get a different vision of what a world where we let the electrons do the travel and we let our atoms have the fun!.
Any plan to build a world-beating 21st-century digitial business or organisation that doesn't involve a radical re-think about how to integrate continuous, collaborative working and learning into the core of the enterprise instead of individuals working independently and meeting up periodically to share 'past sell-by-date' thoughts isn't really a serious plan.
During an NHS NSS review 'qall', Kerry Russell @ said, "Isn't it about time we began to think of a world post meetings" "A world where we do things differently much better, learn new things, get the work done and make decisions?" "This is what I liked about working on QUBE."
|The 'boxy avatars in the picture represent 19 managers, who have saved 3.79 hours of driving. The work was done in a fifth of the time! the energy saved could have heated and lighted a house for 153 days and is equivalent to 10.5 mature trees.|
I've been doing my best to spread awareness of other possible and better futures. Join me to experience what commuting, working and learning can already look like at one of my open inspiration events http://QUBE.cc/InspirationMonthly Or just contact me to find out more about how to escape Commuting Hell.