“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift and that’s why we call it the present.”
By Paul Jackson, F.AIRAH
Eleanor Roosevelt’s words are so true, and still resonate today.
We can’t change the things that have already occurred, but we can try and make an impact on the future, so let’s get started at the very least. Of course, I’m not wishing to be political, but with a coming federal election we all have the opportunity and responsibility to vote for those who we think are best aligned with our vision for the future.
A NEW NORMAL
Although the global pandemic is not completely over, at last we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Travel – both domestic and international – is back on the cards.
It has been a long two years so far, and this will have had a lasting impact on so many people for different and sometimes-complex reasons.
Back in March we had the Virtual Commissioning Forum 2022, which was the second of the Forums that AIRAH has put together on commissioning.
Having been a part of the organising committee I am a little biased, but I have to say that it was a great day. The presenters were of a uniformly very high standard, with plenty of thought‑provoking conversations, along with a robust Q&A session.
Where to now?
Hopefully the 2023 Forum will be a face‑to-face or hybrid event. As excellent as our online events are, there is nothing quite like meeting your industry peers in the same physical space. This provides opportunities for those incidental conversations and networking opportunities that are key to expanding our knowledge.
Yet travelling from Perth, I’m conscious of the emissions involved in getting from a to b, and it’s very handy to now have the ability to experience some events virtually. This is one of the few positive things to have come out of the pandemic. Zoom and Teams have helped conquer the tyranny of distance.
This month in Ecolibrium we are focusing on Australian manufacturing. It is pleasing to see a number of local manufacturers in this space because it helps creates local employment and ongoing opportunities in research and development.
Oh, and that’s another lesson from the pandemic, when global supply chains were significantly impacted by lockdowns. One sign of a mature and healthy economy is that a country continues to make things for itself.