Crystal Ball: How we can we prepare for what the future may hold


Dear friends and family,

It’s becoming more evident as the days of 2020 trickle by that the world that existed prior to the pandemic, has drastically changed. Not only do our daily lives look different, but parallel to this, the climate change emergency seems more stark than ever. Images emerging of Californian wildfires show what the future may hold.

At Edgeryders, we have been asking how we can better prepare ourselves for the coming years. We have been analysing new ways local economies may help us as we transition to a green economy.

We held a webinar, recently, that looked at the local economy of the Messina district in Sicily. It is a really good example of not only how a social enterprise can gain trust among people that have severely distrusted civic institutions, because of a history of organised crime, but also how green energy subsidies could be used in a way that benefited a local community by reducing fossil fuels, reintegrating serious mental health patients into society, spawning several new businesses and providing further funding for the organisation.

If you would like to read more about how Fondazione Communità di Messina achieved this, you can read more here and join in our conversation.

Coworking has been a major theme for us and the impact the virus has had on the sector. Since running our coworking events during the summer months, we have been asking what’s the next step for the sector?

As many countries are now facing their second wave of cases, this may be an even more urgent question. Many of us are balancing family needs and work life while daycare and schools are closed. In the long term this is unsustainable and will likely lead to burnout. But maybe that’s where coworking can come to the rescue. Some spaces are innovating in the sector to offer childcare options to parents that are working remotely. If you have any thoughts on this or would like to join that conversation, please comment here.

There are other ways that the sector could help others throughout the crisis too. One of our founding members Noemi has asked if there is a way that co-working spaces are helping freelancers during this period? If your government is supporting work-from-home programmes or has a policy in place, please join the conversation here.

If you’re new to the co-working game, then take a look at some of the tips and advice our members who have been working from the home office for years have here.

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Hi. Nadia, sure. This was a post for the internal community rather than the external one, so should I still direct people to the external pages?

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yes please! Pity for it to get lost in the noise otherwise

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I think we prepare the same way we always have prepared. We educate ourselves, we stay informed, we create communities, we create options, back up plans, we create reserves of essentials. I think there is some confusion about what we do to prepare for the future and what we do to shape the future.

Reading your story it seems to more about dealing with the present (and near future) not a decade or two into the future. I have maybe three more decades so I am preparing for worst case in that time while working to shape the future for the better for long after I am gone.

I am not discounting your contribution. It is valuable and thank you. Also thank you as your story prompted me to put some of my thoughts in writing.


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I had a “worst case” moment post 9-11 in early 2002 which caused me to get a place in the country where I had control of my own water supply that could even be hand pumped if there was no electricity.

I know of and have access to an artesian well and keep over 100 gallons of potable water storage along with food storage. We are subject to hurricanes here so you have to be prepared.

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