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What do you see on the other side of the crisis?
During times of crisis, we learn a lot about ourselves (both positive and negative) that may, under normal circumstances, have taken years or decades to discover. I expect the same will be true for our culture, employers, governments, businesses, and institutions in general.

Recognizing the insightfulness of project professionals, what do you see on the other side of this crisis – speaking to the positive side of this question.
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The crisis teaches us the importance of work as a team, be disciplined, organized, follow the rules and take into account the needs of the persons around us.
George -

I think we will understand the true meaning of minimal sufficiency and hopefully have a better understanding of what is truly important to all of us.

However, like all crises, this too will pass, and when it does, like every challenging project, hopefully we don't forget the lessons we should have learned through it.

Kiron
George,

do not think there will be another side, the crisis (or better disruption) will prevail even if the corona infections are taken care of in 1-2 years. I do not think there will be a return to anything as it was before.

Look at middle ages pestilence, it enabled rational thinking, there were resources in abundance (since 1/3 of people died) and somehow we still see the consequences from it. Similar 9/11 or dropping the bomb on Hiroshima.

This is a defining moment for humanity, and combined with AI, biology, internet it will change political and economic systems.

My personal favorite scenario: in 20 years there will be no nations and borders anymore
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1 reply by Mariana Radov
Mar 22, 2020 12:27 PM
Mariana Radov
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I kind of agree. Maybe not in 20 years, but I visualise the same scenario as one of most likely. As one great leader said once "I have a dream"...
I add a quote from Harari's article in ft.com, 20. March 2020

"Humanity needs to make a choice. Will we travel down the route of disunity, or will we adopt the path of global solidarity? If we choose disunity, this will not only prolong the crisis, but will probably result in even worse catastrophes in the future. If we choose global solidarity, it will be a victory not only against the coronavirus, but against all future epidemics and crises that might assail humankind in the 21st century."
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1 reply by John York
Mar 24, 2020 7:47 AM
John York
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Excellent points. However, unity requires setting aside petty egos, agendas, and letting go of the status quo. That can be very hard for some people. Just adjusting to new schedules with the work from home and lack of personal contact can be disorienting for many, myself included.
Nuture is wisdom. This will change the way people and mainly nations in the whole world will interact together. Everebody must understand that "If you are doing well, I am doing well". This is the third warning. God save us for the fourth.
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1 reply by Thomas Walenta
Mar 22, 2020 12:52 PM
Thomas Walenta
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Sergio, agree.
What were the first two warnings?
To challenge this out further, consider your ideas of the “new normal” across these perspectives. What are the common themes (i.e., new-normal themes) across them?

- Arts
- Economic
- Education/Academia
- Ethics
- Health
- Legal
- Philosophy
- Political
- Religion/Faith
- Science
- Social
- Sports
- Technology

Sharing your views encourages others to challenge themselves on this question, and in so doing, helps us to delineate between what we feel (which may be causing anxiety) and what we know.

I’m also interested in seeing how the common themes differ by culture/country.
Mar 22, 2020 6:42 AM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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George,

do not think there will be another side, the crisis (or better disruption) will prevail even if the corona infections are taken care of in 1-2 years. I do not think there will be a return to anything as it was before.

Look at middle ages pestilence, it enabled rational thinking, there were resources in abundance (since 1/3 of people died) and somehow we still see the consequences from it. Similar 9/11 or dropping the bomb on Hiroshima.

This is a defining moment for humanity, and combined with AI, biology, internet it will change political and economic systems.

My personal favorite scenario: in 20 years there will be no nations and borders anymore
I kind of agree. Maybe not in 20 years, but I visualise the same scenario as one of most likely. As one great leader said once "I have a dream"...
Mar 22, 2020 7:37 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Nuture is wisdom. This will change the way people and mainly nations in the whole world will interact together. Everebody must understand that "If you are doing well, I am doing well". This is the third warning. God save us for the fourth.
Sergio, agree.
What were the first two warnings?
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Mar 23, 2020 10:06 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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SARS and Flu-A. Between others that some part of the world did not suffer like Hanta Virus or today Dengue. Dengue is killing more people than Corona Virus in most of the places of South America. The difference is Dengue transmition is by a vector (mosquito). The problem here is "First World" do not pay attention to this type of things because people living there is located into a totally different step inside the Masslow Pyramid. So, they pay attention when they are affraid for something like this. It is not a concern. It is a human being condition.
Dear George
Interesting your question

In your opinion, what will the "new normal" look like?
Humanity has always overcome crisis.
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