Mar 19, 2020
What I'm Doing Now
I’m blessed to have my family during this time of global crisis. Manila is in lockdown - shops have been shut, schools closed, the army and police have rolled in, and public gatherings banned. The government is enforcing “social distancing” to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are fortunate to live in a house and have a gated community we can still walk around in. We have started homeschooling our children and have discovered a plethora of material and resources online. I was happy to be able to go to the grocery store yesterday to buy food and supplies. I find myself grateful for many small things I have taken for granted.
My company Bloom hasn’t had to make large adjustments - most of us have worked from home since we started. We are trying to maintain business as usual but largely dependent on banks and other financial institutions in this country. I am doing more calls and meetings online which means I no longer need to wrestle with Manila’s notorious traffic. On a larger scale, it’s hard to predict the impact of this on our economy and business. I wonder if we will go into a global depression. In the Philippines, most people and businesses do not have the reserves to last long periods of economic inactivity.
Outside of Bloom, I’m also working on a couple of research and consulting projects around digital transformation, agri-tech, leadership development and financial inclusion. Being stuck at home, I’m delighted that I might have time to do more reading and thinking. It’s interesting that this virus might be the catalyst to make our organizations and society more digital.
I thought I would quietly put a blog on my website. I grossly underestimated how long it would take me to re-familiarize myself with Middleman, Bootstrap, and all the tools and technologies that this simple site uses - but here it is. To kick things off, this first post was inspired by Derek Sivers. I plan to keep this simple.— Israel Keys