A New Normal?

After this Covid-19 experience, whenever that is, what will go back to normal and will have a new normal?

Education is going to be transformed in multiple fashions driven by the realization that much of our learning can be done online without the need to be face-to-face with a teacher or a class. This will have huge impact on higher-ed in particular.

Will we return to shaking hands again?

What about churches where we pass communion trays across a row of strangers and where our kids are dropped off in a smaller class taught by someone and with some others that we don’t know or don’t know their health stories or practices. What about our older church members who go to church faithfully week after week, but suddenly they are going to realize their health may be impacted by that which they’ve done forever.

What are the 2nd and 3rd order impacts of this economic impact to our cities? Some leaders have suspended rent and evictions and the like. Well, what about the people who are expecting that rental income or need to remove a misbehaving tenant from their property? When Mayors close all the bars and restaurants, what about the employees losing their jobs there and the owners who are losing their income? Then what happens to them and their families?

See We’re not going back to normal in the MIT Technology Review.