COVID-19 has impacted Launceston greatly.
How is the business community coming together to share coping mechanisms, and solutions to diversify?
Perhaps digital meeting forums for each industry could be conducted to help share experiences and knowledge, and facilitate how we move forward.
Great suggestion Tori - there is a great opportunity for our community to come together in this time of crisis and come out of it better and stronger than before. Sharing experiences is a great place to start - any specific examples you can mention to get the conversation going? Cheers. Peter.
Hey Tori Yes we are seeing a good number of individual ideas and projects spring up to do something about COVID 19 but there is a real need for a combined community response to the pandemic. Check out these ideas https://mailchi.mp/bankofideas/re-inspiring-community-responses-to-covid-19-from-around-the-world?e=25e8bec6cc
I recently hosted a cross-sector discussion (rapidly pulled together so there were definitely more people we would've wanted in that discussion) and I found that sharing across sectors is powerful. Some sectors are doing all they can to help others (hospitality, casual workers, etc.) but also they are doing things that are natural in one sector that we can all learn from. It makes it a much larger conversation, but it's definitely a richer one!
Adam - thanks for the comment. Where would people be able to find information about the cross-sector discussion held, and is there any report available from that forum? Were you engaged to host the discussion by another entity?
Peter & Adam - I would be interested in Surviving COVID-19 Business Impact forums that bring together the tourism industry (accommodation, hospitality, activities/tours), sports & recreation, arts and culture, community services (disability, ageing, homelessness), retail sector. Industry specific forums or cross-sector the understandings and learnings would be fascinating.
The situation seems to calling for us to refocus on providing sustainably to our local market, and low risk export/import activity.
It won't be a quick win but our next big development of this platform will be to create an 'Asset bank' - a new online feature that activates the skills, assets and resources of organisations, large and small, across all sectors. This feature will focus initially on 'crowdsourcing volunteers' from organisations with corporate volunteering schemes, and will be extended in due course to other valuable assets within their gift (e.g. meeting spaces, apprenticeships, equipment, supplies).
We recently hosted 3 online workshops to crowd source ideas that businesses and residents could do to help.
You can see what people suggested here - https://www.townteams.com.au/action-in-a-time-of-isolation/
CityProm or Launceston CCI may be doing something on your idea too