What saves more lives is proactivity (by Ignacio Slez)

A few months ago, I saw a video of a korean doctor comparing the 2003 SARS virus to this #coronavirus of 2020.

He showed special attention in #globalization (from minute 28:00).

Their message says something like: “the danger of the 2020 coronavirus is being greater than that of the 2003 virus, among other things, because in 2003 it was not so easy to travel from one place to another.

This last one caught my eye. It seems that we have spent more than 15 years improving #globalization and maybe we have forgotten about us, the #population itself.

It is possible that we have been so focused on it, that we have not seen that we ourselves could be putting ourselves in danger.

And although it is not something premeditated to put ourselves in danger (sometimes it can be), to make it look like something, it would be like when we don’t adjust car mirrors properly when we are going to drive. If we are not aware of it, it is likely to encourage us to have an accident.

And returning to the subject, even if they existed before the process of #globalization, we can talk about terms that have been accelerated by this global concept. Pandemics, fatal accidents, underdeveloped countries, catastrophes, economic crises, pollution and even the few measures to improve sustainability or preserve our natural resources.

And what’s the catch in this “global neglect”?

In my opinion, it’s easy to guess.

The consequence of this effect is that it is preventing proactive measures from being taken against any vulnerability in order to avoid future problems or at least minimize their severity. And this is a high cost that can be avoided on many occasions.

Economic investments should be focused on proactive strategies and avoid as much as possible ex-post strategies.

If there is a pandemic, we wait and then implement measures to contain the virus.

How many lives could have been saved worldwide by this pandemic, if proactive measures had been implemented in December 2019 or January 2020 instead of waiting for it to evolve?

I’m sure there are many opinions about this, but think about the value of #proactivity. Not just on a pandemic level. Think about any area that influences you.

If there is an explosion in a warehouse, we send messages of support and help to mitigate the effects of the accident.

We are not concerned with avoiding this kind of thing, but with acting afterwards. I would not like to continue to witness this kind of disaster knowing that it could have been avoided. It is what hurts me most personally.

Warehouse accident in Beirut, August 2020.

Save lives, avoid accidents, save money, improve sustainability, availability of natural resources…

We must invest in favouring this term. #proactivity.
We can’t “see them coming” and then complain. Obviously, any investment comes with an expense. But what is more expensive?

And why am I telling all this in a blog about a project based on #IoT technology?

According to wikipedia, “#Globalization is a worldwide economic, technological, political, social and cultural process that consists of increasing communication and interdependence between the different countries of the world, uniting their social and political markets to give them a global character.”

I believe that projects that we base our business model on #ioT technology, we can favor that #globalization goes hand in hand with #proactivity. We may not be able to deal directly with countries’ political, social, cultural or economic processes, but it should be an obligation that we allow #technology to be oriented towards the search for solutions that are accessible to all, and not just to a few. And very important is the concept of #openinnovation to develop projects with strong value in all aspects.

If we want cities to become smarter and safer over time, we must design technological tools taking into account the nature of each city, its population and its needs. And when I speak of the term city, I include its agriculture, livestock, fishing, industry, culture, society…

A better world is possible, but we have a lot of work to do.