Forbes Insights Futures In Focus is about tomorrow’s world and how visionaries and leaders are thinking about it, helping us design for it, and guiding us towards it so that we can thrive. Nothing is certain about the future except the need to design differently for it than the world we live in today. Host is Michael Gale, best-selling author of The Digital Helix.
As we have all experienced the first year and half of Covid-19, it is clear that working from home has un-even rules. Some of us have the space at home, some of us can do work remotely. It's assumed most of us have access to a powerful enough internet to work with colleagues and customers. Yet, in reality, and especially in the United States, many do not have that privilege. Yet their work and working habits could be seen on the same level as their peers with the right type of internet access. With the onset of Covid-19, we have transformed from a world where 3% of us worked from home to one where maybe 30% or more work from home; (as of publication, the number is 26%) this rural access divide will become an increasing disadvantage for a sizeable under-served swath of society. Twenty-five percent of the US live in a rural environment. As we all work in a digital world, why would we want to stunt opportunities for one in four of us?