One minute, we were hearing about an emergency in another country altogether, the next minute we hear about a case in Seattle, and before we all knew it, the world changed.
Everyone has their own feelings about what we, as a city, as a nation, as an industry should do next. Everyone has their own fears and concerns. On the one hand, we have a whole ecosystem of local businesses who are floundering amidst quarantine, on the other hand, we all love someone, know someone (maybe *are* someone) at high risk for complications who we want to protect from contracting COVID-19.
Many of us are working from home. Where some of us have kids who are also cooped up in spaces that once seemed spacious, but now seem definitely much too crowded. Some of us have spouses who suddenly listen to the wrong kind of music too loud in their headphones and leave their socks in the middle of our work area.
Others are working at work. We can't afford to stay home, or we are really needed at work. We hope we don't get sick. Or maybe we aren't really worried about getting sick at all, but we hope that we still have a job tomorrow, a home, a car.
Exchange of Ideas
We are an industry, a community. We trade money, goods and services. But we also rely, every day, even in the non-COVID world, on relationships, on connections, on the network that ties us all together as we all show up to build this city, to keep it running.
And in quarantine, we stop seeing one another - just when we need each other the most.
So, to keep us together, where we belong, Arcade is partnering with ABC of Western Washington to bring a new resource to the community, in these strange, new times - The Weekly Remote Business Forum.
The Forum is a way to bring familiar faces to your computer screen, to bring you information and ideas when you most need them, to give you a forum to bounce strategies off of others who are in similar straits, but perhaps most of all, to connect you to others who are going through some of the same tough decisions, the same 3 am concerns, and living in the same challenged, quarantined world as you.