The world is gripped by concern and anxiety, but the response to COVID-19 could give us much to be hopeful about.
Technology has proved itself
Technology has stepped up to the mark to accelerate remote working and connectivity.
For years we’ve been talking about the promise of technology; this crisis has shown that we really can be productive from anywhere. Lockdown has also emphasized the ubiquity of technology as it has become a basic utility that everyone should have access to and none of us can do without.
Essential workers have been thrust into the limelight
Millions of people who were once taken for granted are now recognized as heroes, turning up every day to power our healthcare systems, transport networks, factories, banks, utilities, public services and supermarkets.
There’s a growing recognition of the importance of such roles, reflected in Unilever CEO Alan Jope’s comment that “Essential workers will hopefully be more highly valued after this. I think we’re seeing the true value that these people play in society.”
We are far more mindful of our collective, environmental impact
As we experience emptier skies and streets, and cleaner air it helps us to imagine a greener future. Our panelists reminded us that, while COVID-19 is acute, climate is chronic, calling for even greater commitment to transitioning to a low-carbon world.
The crisis has revealed our human sides
Think of how many video calls we’ve attended against a backdrop of children, pets and other symbols of domestic life.
This has helped us view our co-workers beyond their professional persona and created new bonds.