#WFH Diaries: David Smith of Women in Games

As confinement continues in most parts of the world, we're checking in with creative people to see how they're faring. Here's an update from David Smith of London-based Women in Games.

Give us a one-sentence bio of yourself.

Brit founder of two diversity groups in the games sector, long-term professional headhunter, husband and father.

Where are you living right now, and who's with you?

At home in Wimbledon, with wife Julie, student son Richard, plus Cody the cockapoo.

What's your work situation like at the moment?

There is little change in that I am still working from home, but both concerned and excited about how the future will evolve.

Describe your socializing strategy.

Making more of an effort on social media, and an increased number of phone, Zoom and Skype calls.

How are you dealing with childcare, if applicable?

Keeping a student son motivated, and exercising.

What are you reading?

Big research into conferencing and communications to try and fathom the new order.

What are you watching?

Catching up on Westworld and anime like Attack on Titan.

What are you listening to?

Peter Frampton, Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh—wider albums from firm favorites.

How are you staying fit?

I walk to the shops (now a series on Facebook: #mymorningwalktotheshop), and a walk with Cody before lunch.

Have you taken up a hobby?

No, but playing lots of Anno 1900 and Civ 6.

Any tips for getting necessities?

Patience. Try alternatives.

An awkward moment since all this started.

A diagnosis for prostate cancer over the telephone from a consultant at 8 p.m.

Best work email you got since all this started.

I love the additional warmth and care from all professional colleagues that are sharing this new experience.

An aha! moment since all this started.

What was local and regional can become global, online, within days with the right software, planning and support.

What's your theory on how this is going to play out?

There will be a big bounce back inside of 18 months, with many of the innovations that have now been forced on governments, companies and individuals being incorporated into the new way of life. Some countries will suffer worse than others, but there will be a new spirit to support those worst affected that will last for at least a little while.

See the full #WFH Diaries series here.

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Angela Natividad is the European markets editor at Muse by Clio. She also writes about gaming and fashion, and whatever else she's interested in, really. She's based in Paris and North Italy, so if you're local, say hi. She might eat all your food.

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