The restrictions linked to the pandemic have sparked in many the idea of being able to work from suggestive places and from the most remote corners of the world. Now comes an invitation, the «Work for Humankind», to work with a smart working station from one of the most remote islands in the world. This is Más a Tierra, known as Robinson Crusoe Island, a destination more than 640 kilometers west of mainland Chile, one of the most ecologically rich places on the planet. The island, which the Chilean government renamed Robinson Crusoe Island in 1966, in reference to its literary legacy of inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe, today faces many challenges in an ever-changing world, including the ” access to education and health care, habitat degradation and the impact of invasive species. For this reason, the invitation is addressed to volunteers from all over the world who will be called to actively contribute to the well-being of the local community.
The initiative is launched by Lenovo, a tech giant present in 180 countries. Work for Humankind is done in collaboration with Island Conservation and the Robinson Crusoe Island community. Volunteers will work from one of the most remote offices in the world using Lenovo technology. They will operate in hybrid mode on the island and contribute through a series of recovery projects to foster improvements in island life, helping to prevent the extinction of endangered species and supporting the community on its journey towards sustainability. Underlying this initiative is new research from Lenovo that reveals the growing importance of remote and hybrid working, highlighting the desire for flexibility among respondents.
«Applications are open until December 30th – explains Natasha Perfetti, Marketing Manager, Italy, Lenovo -. It is possible to participate from all over the world and we hope that Italian talents will respond to this project with great enthusiasm: biologists, marketing experts, engineers ». There are many sought-after figures and many opportunities for a unique project that has never been realized so far.
Thanks to the Work for Humankind project, volunteers selected on the basis of a range of skills, backgrounds and specializations will be able to work from Robinson Crusoe Island to help prevent the extinction of endangered species and support the local community on its path towards sustainability. . This will be possible through a series of recovery projects, in collaboration with Island Conservation and the entire community, to foster positive change in the life of Robinson Island, such as the development of connectivity solutions necessary for the infrastructure of the ‘Island.
Lenovo is creating a state-of-the-art technology hub with a range of technology devices, services and solutions from the company’s Intelligent Devices Group, including high-speed Internet connectivity, that will help the island achieve its goal: to equip volunteers tools to carry out their daily work and support conservation projects in this paradise of wildlife and cultural diversity. Lenovo aims to generate sustainable and lasting value over time that the community can rely on to support the goals even after the volunteer project is completed, which includes the development of an infrastructure to increase Internet bandwidth to at least 10 Mbps To this end, a fund will be established that will allow the maintenance of the community hub and support for community projects.
Smart work? Supporting this initiative is a new survey from Lenovo that reveals the growing importance of remote and hybrid working for Gen Z and Millennials. The study, in fact, highlights the strong desire for flexibility, according to the benefits for individuals and society in general. Including: financial savings, more time for friends and family, and a better work-life balance.
The global study, with more than 15,000 people surveyed in 10 different markets, finds that globally, knowledge workers, especially the younger workforce, are willing to change their daily environments and carry out work activities from a remote location , while making a contribution to the community in which they find themselves. As many as 70% of Gen Z and Millennial respondents say they would rather work longer hours from a remote dream location of their choice than go to the office every day.
The data reveals that more than three-quarters of Gen Z and Millennial respondents feel more productive, creative and inspired when working remotely. The mentality of the younger workforce also emerges about their willingness to contribute in making a positive difference, no matter where they work, as 86% of Gen Z respondents stress the importance of drawing attention to environmental and social issues and support the local community in which they work.