Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Life's a blend! 10 ways Covid has blended our lives...

Odd that our political parties, educators, academia, journalists seem devoid of fresh policy thinking during Covid... it's a unique opportunity to take some positives out of the pandemic... Could this be reframed with a general concept, already defined as Blended in the learning world?

Blended Work

It is crystal clear that many workplaces will remain empty and leases dropped, so convert offices to housing, reduce commute pollution, solve London sink problem, revitalise regions, save a ton of money for pay rises and hiring, more flexibility on working… what’s not to like with Blended Working.

Blended Learning

Our universities could lower costs, spend less on expensive buildings, be more inclusive, scale teaching and learning, have year round entry points, more flexible learning and online assessment... what's not to like with Blended Learning… 

Blended Entertainment

Our entertainment has been a blend of inside the home and outside, for decades, with books, radio, TV now streaming alongside cinema, theatre and festivals. We barely reflect on the fact that technology has blended the way we entertain ourselves... what's not to like with Blended Entertainment… 

Blended Eating 

Our eating habits have moved from being almost entirely at home or canteens at school and work, towards a blend, first at home and eating out at restaurants to a more recent and complex blend of eating at home, getting more home deliveries and at restaurants... what's not to like with Blended Eating… 

Blended Finance

Our financial management shifted from teller to ATM some time ago, it has shifted further to online services. Our contactless credit cards have worked like a dream and Covid has moved us closer to a cashless society… at's not to like with Blended Finance…

Blended Healthcare

Our healthcare habits have moved from being almost entirely at the doctor's surgery or hospital, now with telephone, online and Zoom sessions, we can have a blend, with triage, free from the tyranny of place and only go somewhere if necessary... what's not to like with Blended Health… 

Blended Conferences

Our conferences went online and we learned that we could listen to experts, communicated with others, without the massive spend, ravel and accommodation costs. Sure it wasn’t quite the same but maybe the old model was a bit excessive… what's not to like with Blended Conferences…

Blended Travel

Our travel habits have changed. Less flights, less commuting, less car use. With climate change this has surely been a step in the right direction. It is not that travel will stop but it will be less. Frequent and we have all leaned to think twice before jumping on a plane, train or automobile… what's not to like with Blended Travel…

Blended Communication

Our communications took a pendulum swing online, as we started to use Zoom and social media with more vigour. Many are now comfortable with video conferencing and have increased our communication with friends and relatives who live at some distance… what's not to like with Blended Communication…

Blended Domesticity

Our home life has changed towards more cooking, baking (country ran out of flour). Growing tomatoes became an obsession for some and DIY flourished. People started doing things for themselves. That balance, or blend, came to the fore… what's not to like with Blended Domesticity…

Life’s a blend...

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