Jane Cumming, regional chairwoman of the SCDI, on the positives of change.
This might be my last column as Highlands and Islands chairwoman of SCDI. I’m not leaving, however as we now have appointed a brand new Highlands and Islands supervisor, I can lastly put down my pen. Or ought to that be keyboard?
It’s been enjoyable going again to my roots, for my first “correct” job was with a neighborhood weekly newspaper.
Primarily based in a glorified wood shed in a again lane, we operated with handbook typewriters and used carbon paper to make copies.
In case you don’t know what carbon paper is, ask your mother and father or presumably even your grandparents.
By the point journalism entered the digital world I used to be engaged on the alternative aspect of the fence in public relations.
Sinking below a mountain of memos –the paper equal of inside emails for these of you youthful than 50 – I recall a go to from any individual attempting to promote me the thought of the worldwide net. Can’t see it catching on, I can bear in mind considering.
Expertise – and explicit social media – will get a nasty press nowadays however there’s little question it has been our saviour.
How would “working from residence” have seemed if we’d needed to submit letters to 1 one other? How would we now have held conferences with out Zoom or Groups?
However know-how hasn’t managed to beat the whole lot. I miss the chance to placed on the glad rags, take pleasure in a great night time out with a thought-provoking, humorous after-dinner speaker and the possibility to meet up with others from the enterprise group and put the world to rights within the bar.
So I’m delighted our Highlands and Islands Awards Dinner will happen in June this 12 months on-line. It will likely be inspiring and enjoyable. Utilizing wonderful software program we piloted at our Aberdeen lecture it’s potential to talk to your visitors, go to different tables and even go to the bar!
It’s also possible to take pleasure in a Highlands and Islands foods and drinks bundle delivered to your property to finish the expertise. I hope to see you there.