The current pandemic has very visible impact & I am not judging but listing ( a list which will remain always incomplete…)
Digital Transformation & Inclusion
All the stats that drove the meaning of going digital would need a reset as they have generally considered people going digital if they ended up having a smartphone or a social media account. The pandemic is impacting every age-group and its digital interaction patterns.
Since 10th of March in India , my family has been at home operating three different digital world activities:
Self : Somebody who wants to solve problems on ground zero with three different displays , now question I why we have so many displays ! Everything just fits in on one laptop window and you can still work ! I have been cribbing about my time on road and the distances I cover; nature took care of it !
Wife : She has been pursuing entrepreneurial journey since last three years and home has been her office with outbound activities like doing workshops. Now she finds intruded by me and her son( to whom I would come just in a minute ) ! Imagine office goers are now intruding Work For home(WFH) professionals. World has shifted from office to co-working & now WFH ! Her workshops have shifted to online Facebook live and next is moving them to Zoom. One needs to constantly keep evaluating the new normal , it is not clear what it will be but there will be one for sure !
Kid : My kid had to move into new session from 16th March , but due to pandemic crisis , we have full closure and an old world response would have been to wait for the situation to weather out , so that we can move on , but it does not seem the case at all! A school that has got a portal initiative under consideration for last couple of years went online in a week to a point that another corner of my house sees my kid taking online classes with his future teacher whom he has not yet met from new session physically. Pandemic needs a response that not only matches but abates its speed!
In today’s world a power-cut will get less quibbling as compared to a fiber cut as smart phones are able to only deliver small screen experience whilst serious business requires you more than that ! A hot-spot is no longer enough to be online !
Since the onset of cornoavirus, the definition of being online will change forever!
Picking New Skills
Children are showing us the with new way to tackle the pandemic by going beyond just playing or watching TV. They are going back to the things that they wish to do but do not find time or are just getting bored doing same thing. We should learn from them and distract ourselves by picking up things we would want to do and have always found an alibi for not doing! Here my kid is trying to make wearable Lego articles ! So if you have to pick some book or skill now is the time !
Nature found its own way to deal with global warming problems. Humans are batting and professing hard to save the environment and here comes one invisible organism that turns the human race head-over-heels. Literally we are fighting for our own survival …picking threads from Darwin’s theory!
There have been reports of drop in AQI levels in various cities across the world where lock-down has been enforced. Animals are taking field trips ! tables have turned & we are struggling to grapple with it!
The Shedd Aquarium has been closed for six days due to coronavirus concerns, but there’s still some activity inside the iconic Chicago museum. Animals have been allowed to experience parts of the museum normally reserved for human guests. On Thursday, the “field trips” continued with a 5-year-old prehensile-tailed porcupine named Tyson. Animal care staff took Tyson to the Polar Play Zone to visit with the penguins in their own habitat.
At the end of the day nature will have last laugh , please let us not tinker with it !
We are all in business of doing business and seems this norm has been attacked at core due to the pandemic. We are scrambling our response system like jets are scrambled for attack during a war. Automobile companies are making face masks (Read – Chinese Automaker BYD Is Now The Largest Producer Of Face Masks ) to Distilleries who have shifted from Gin to Disinfectants ! ( Read – From Gin To Disinfectants, Distillery Changes Business To Fight Virus )
These are unprecedented times and so the responses , it is hard to predict for how long and to what stretch responses will have to be beyond anybody’s normal imagination. We will have think how we can help counter this pandemic beyond social distancing ( Read – Policy Action for a Healthy Global Economy ) . Who would have imagined that we are expected to change our response by the hour !
Businesses not only will have to survive but also innovate business model to look at the new normal !
Many things will change for life but we need to brace for it , and accept it. Some of our actions today will shape future and therefore being strong about those actions is important as well pertinent.
Please stay safe in these difficult times , educate others to stay safe !