We are testing the idea of teleworking from telecentres located close to residential areas, rather than from home. This breaks the isolation of teleworking from home, provides teleworkers with professional work tools such as video-conferencing and very high bandwidth internet, and reduces commutes that are costly both in terms of time and money.
We would like to provide Alsace with access to an interconnected network of interoperable telecentres in the very near future.
We are exploring new possibilities that have been created by new technologies. This may result in a major upheaval in the organization of work and the layout of workspace in the region.
This working method provides employees with more personal time and a higher purchasing power, while decreasing the stress associated with work commutes. Individuals become more involved in local life, which facilitates the re-development of activities in rural communities. In the long-term, this would lead to the development of a more harmonious region.
We hope to provide all individual workers with a telecentre close to home (less than 20 minutes by soft transportation). The target group is anyone who travels more than an hour per day to go to work when their tasks could be carried out by distance. We are currently evaluating the local potential of this initiative.
After about a year of reflection by TEN4ALSACE, our think tank in Alsace, we wanted to make our PowerPoint presentation a reality in a truly bootstrapping style.
We are currently working on a business model that has not yet been entirely validated.