Intersections April 2020: Digital Working
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April's issue of Intersections brings you:
- WIG CEO Simon Ancona reflects on the sectors going digital, and the challenges and opportunities that presents
- WIG's digital offering for members
- WIG Head of Content and Events, Tom Sapsted, writes about the 5 lessons he's learnt in digital transformation
- What is the future of the industrial strategy?
- How some of our members are tackling digital working
- Things you might have missed in previous Intersections
Every collective undertaking knows it has to ‘go digital’ if only to interact in a way that is acceptable to those it serves. However, there’s no easy way to describe what ‘digital’ means because it depends entirely on the context. Of course, we are all digital now. There are almost no examples of analogue processes and systems, so we are talking about ‘better digital’ in an age where technology is marching faster than our ability to adopt and use it to our best advantage; from social marketing to data science to administration.
For some, it’s about technology to improve process. For others, it's about a new way of engaging, developing or doing business. The current pandemic has supercharged some of this spectrum. Processes and people have had to adapt to federated working. We are lucky that systems have generally matured to a point that has made this possible under our current circumstances. For instance, at WIG we quickly pivoted our briefings and round-table discussions to webinars and virtual meetings. We are similarly adapting some of our leadership development offerings in the same direction and thinking hard about the ‘new normal’ environment ahead.
Did you know that the WIG portfolio of events and learning & development opportunities is now available in digital form? Webinars and virtual events are accessible from the comfort of your desk, from anywhere in the UK, and the sessions are recorded and available to view later. To access the recordings and download a summary of topics discussed in each webinar, please make sure you register for those you are interested in. Attending live has the added benefit of an interactive Q&A (this remains under the Chatham House Rule and will not be shared after).
Read about the challenges and successes of transforming a previously face-to-face product to an offer that exists entirely digitally from this 'lessons learned' piece from our Head of Content & Events, Tom Sapsted.
During a WIG webinar on the future of the Industrial Strategy, you posed some of your questions to Chris White, Director of the Institute for Industrial Strategy at King’s College London. Answering in written form, Chris has shared his insight into the future of the landmark policy framework, including what lessons can be gleaned from the current Covid-19 crisis.
Mace Group has shared five digital construction trends for 2020 for people working in the construction industry. Read more.
The statistics of the uptake on NHS Digital services for Coronavirus (COVID-19) show increase in use. Read more.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is giving tips and advice to help families find balance and create structure for those new to working from home. Read more.
Fujitsu Global has put together a series of articles as part of Future Workplace 2025, exploring what an effective workplace will look like when Millennials control the boardroom. Read more.
- Some top tips on leading through exceptional times with Marcia Hazzard, WIG Head of Leadership
- Read some positive stories from members in response to COVID-19. Submit your stories here
- Report: What is the National DigitalTwin? With Miranda Sharp, Director of Innovation, Ordnance Survey