Imagine last year reading a story that began: ‘In 2020 we will have these massive fires and they will burn for months destroying 50 million acres and then we will have a horrible virus that will infect millions of people that make everyone on the planet stay inside.’ You would have been convinced that only an eight-year-old would write something like that!

Unfortunately, this year is no story, but we do get to write our own ending. The recovery from the economic crisis created by the disruptions of 2020 is going to be hard.

Already leaders are talking about investing in large amounts of infrastructure to kick-start the economy. This is great, but that infrastructure needs to be more than roads and schools. It should include digital infrastructure that will set the next generation up with the jobs we want for the future.

Article originally published on InnovationAus on 25 May 2020