Dear Members of the Global Futures Laboratory and Sustainability Scientists, Scholars and Fellows,
During several conversations over the past few weeks, we’ve heard comments about the terminology being used to safely distance people during the COVID-19 event we are presently experiencing. Most recently, we see the conversation shifting from practicing social distancing to practicing physical distancing while staying socially and emotionally connected and supported.
While social distancing and physical distancing are being used to stress the importance of controlling the spread of the corona virus by keeping appropriate space between individuals, we are recognizing the importance of social and emotional connectivity in these challenging times. No matter which terminology is used, it is important to follow the guidelines associated with social distancing, i.e. staying at least 6 feet away from other people. At the same time, it is also important to find ways to stay in touch with family and friends through the technology that, for example, social media offer.
We are a resilient community as evidenced by quickly shifting and adapting our educational and operational functions to a digital learning and meeting environment, and as we enter a new week of doing so, it becomes even more important to look for ways to stay engaged while being mindful of our surroundings. Explore offerings like ASU For You, for learners and educators. If you cannot take advantage of the outdoors, take advantage of a virtual field trip to the Grand Canyon, the Red Rocks of Mars, or listen to Johan Rockström’s recent lecture on the Global Institute of Sustainability’s YouTube channel.
Focus on staying healthy, well rested and in general, taking good care of yourself. Consider visiting ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience for Midday Mindfulness Sessions.
The core mission of the Global Futures Laboratory is to understand the increased stress the world is facing in so many areas; and using our knowledge to shape tomorrow, today by acting now. We will continue to touch base with you and keep you posted on our progress. In return, we ask that you do the same. Please share your ideas to support each other and our community.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank you for your creativity and keeping positive during difficult times.
Best - Peter