Eight people in red t-shirts wearing masks in front of a building.

I am an avid reader of Bottom Line, an online newsletter that offers “expert advice to power your life.”  I want to share a bit of hope and possible promise about life after COVID-19.

In an interview, Erica Orange, executive vice president and COO of The Future Hunters, a leading futurist consulting firm based in New York. predicts how this pandemic could permanently alter our lives.

Younger Generations: Erica states today’s children will group up to be more resilient than today’s young adults. She feels kids have the ability to find solutions when problems arise. She thinks many students used online tools to rebuild social bonds, which shows resiliency, problem-solving abilities, and the desire for human connections. Many students using Zoom were picking it up more readily than many of their parents. These children are likely to grow up able to roll with the punches when the unexpected occurs, a skill lacking among 20-somethings who enjoyed virtually challenge-free childhoods.

Extreme Innovation: The doom-and-gloom narrative of 2020 will give way to one of reimagination and opportunity. One thing Erica shares we can count on is our ability to respond productively to problems. New ideas that used to take months to gain approval are being pushed through in weeks. The pandemic has unleashed the urgency of extreme innovation:

  • 3-D printing will allow us to quickly produce everything
  • Crowdsourcing = every field collaborating world wide
  • Fintech, or financial technology, companies help essential businesses to go online in minutes
  • A new no-touch (“Untact”) industry eliminates physical contact for everything
  • Global social unrest pushes social activism into overdrive

Other areas mentioned in the article include:

Technology: The age of robots is upon us; virtual reality will become mainstream.

Activities: At-home activities such as cooking will remain hot and socializing will look different.

Career and retirement: Working at home will become much more common; retirees will return to work.

I think there will be many unexpected positive consequences from the pandemic. I also try to see the “glass as half full.” Daily, the children and staff at Child’s Voice are practicing resiliency. We all must.

Please stay safe and stay well.

Fondly,

Dr. Michele