While this site has been developed to support a political debate about how society is to transition into the Informaiton Age, it is targeted at community leaders who understand that in order to have strong regional economies we must have viable communities and competitive employers; we need to have strong families if we are to have healthy neighborhoods.
With today's technology as many as 50% of jobs could potentially be performed from the home. Eliminating the trip eliminates stress on the family, congestion, emissions and accidents on the highways and, if done strategically, reduces the employer's overhead. Rather than spending huge sums of reinforcing the idea that you must go to work, we need to invest in how best to do work. If you break the connection between where you live and where you work, the opportunity for Community Development evolves to a whole new level.
One of TCR's fundemental thesis is based upon the Community Typology which asserts that there are but six types of places in which to live. Further, it asserts that public policy should focus on how to ensure that each of the six types are viable (see COMMUNITY ). There are issues to be sure: employers must understand how to operate with a virtual work force and to reshape their "Corporate Culture", communities must identify that unique quality that gives their community a high quality of life; service providers must understand how to create a parity of access between that which is delivered in person and that which is delivered electronically, and there are more. There are indications that some of this has already begun so we must think of the transition not as one of choice but one that is inevitable and positive. Those that learn how to do it well quickly, will become the leaders in the Information Age.
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