We might start showing up more like people.
It’s hard not to show up to work as a human when your pants are drying in the background of the video call. In the space of a couple of weeks private and professional domains have become much more blurred.
We might better appreciate the value of caring and connecting.
‘Informal’ care systems have become much more visible. We’ll realise the value of friends more than we have before, we’ll reflect on life for our elders, the emotional labour of caring for children will become much more real to non primary parents.
We might strike more cooperative relations between the public and institutions.
Right now some parents are realising they are great at home schooling, whilst others can’t wait to hand the job back to trained teachers. In Australia we’re seeing increased resources flowing to peer support in the mental health and families space. In the UK people are volunteering en-masse to support the NHS. Governments are acting rapidly to respond to crisis and the public are, for the large part, responding.
We might come out of this better equipped to address systemic issues.
Perhaps, with time, we’ll come to see this pandemic as an awful, but brilliant education in what it means to live, think and act systemically. We’re experiencing first hand the tenants of systems thinking: time delays, exponential effects, and the reality that small acts can have significant unintended consequences. For most Covid-19 is proving a far more visceral education in systems effects than climate change. Could we be better metally equipped to tackle social issues after the pandemic than we were at it’s outset?