In the last 12 days, I have experienced intensively the life of a global wanderer, clocking about 10,000 miles, 4 different countries, 3 time zones and a yet again a new stack of air miles.
All this made me think of one word: Distance. Physical distance, to be perfectly accurate. It seems the only true barrier left in today’s world.
The world is evermore a global village. From Hong Kong to London, via Paris or Geneva, the same consumerism, the same brands, same vibes are present. The same mega trends are emerging, creating an almost universal framework with different coloring from North to South, East to West.
The world is now hyper connected. From one city to another, networks are being created, ecosystems are blossoming, as are innovation, art, and entrepreneurship.
Speed is everywhere. An idea can instantaneously be sent to the other end of the world, or even everywhere at the same time.
There is a voracious appetite for new and now and fast, or even faster. These are our new masters. They conquer every part of our life.
So what is left to conquer? What barrier is still to fall? Physical distance.
No matter how you look at it, it still takes 13 hours to fly from Hong Kong to London. It is a 2.5 hours ride from Paris to London, to close a deal or be reunited with a loved one, you have to factor that in. It’s an absolute truth…or an absolute tyranny.
So what if the next and only remaining(?) real technological revolution was about transportation? How could we bring physical distance down to its knees once and for all, and embrace a limitless world?
Faster and cleaner planes? Where are you on that journey, Airbus, Boeing and others?
Faster and cleaner trains? Where are the next versions of the bullet train?
Or shall we dream a little harder and try to defeat matter, space and time? A blink of an eye, and magically you are where you want to be…how easy it would be to manage, follow-up, solve problems, avoid conflicts…but also to keep in touch and share precious moments with friends and family.
Wishful thinking on a Friday night in the Eurostar… or wait…could it also be hell?
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‘’When I was a little girl, I used to wonder through the vineyards with my grand father. He was an artisan de la magie in the South of France’s Languedoc Roussillon Corbieres AOC making full-bodied and intense red wines. He patiently explained to me the wine life cycle and I discovered the pleasure of drinking good wines with him and now investing in them. ‘’
In loving memory of my Grand-Father- Jose Clement Pech.
Definition- The Merriam Webster Dictionnary
The exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically : the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business-
Definition- Andy Lopata- Business Networking Strategist … please click on the link The independent
Same same but different.
Do you want to know how life was in ''Shell Center'' in 1963?
Click on the following link : Uk Shell Office in 1963
8:57 minutes that might trigger:
A bit of thinking: in the very short span of forty-nine years - so many things have changed:
On technology - we have welcomed fast and sleek looking computers and we said goodbye to green phones and typewriters.
On office planning - we have welcomed open spaces and open plans, but kept the focus on health and safety.
On corporate culture - we have made progress on the diversity agenda. Today, you would account for a good percentage of males in the open space area and some women in the corner office.
On the power of corporations - how many companies could currently enforce direct access to public transportation for their very own employees? New times, new masters!
A bit of a laugh! What changes fifty years can bring to fashion, comfortable clothing, trousers or power suits for women. A shame though, we also lost the cute little hats!
And… maybe…for some of you, Ex-Shell Center dwellers- and clearly for me! - it will trigger a bit of nostalgia… I used to sit on this very 14th floor not so long ago !
Have a click, have a look and happy Friday!
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