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The bright side to a global pandemic.

 

We’ve covered a lot of topics in the last twelve months; from the Woman’s world cup, climate change, roof top farming, the general election, Australian wild fires and in January we made some predictions for the New Year. All still available at here.

You may or may not be surprised that we did not predict the current events dominating our news media and our lives.

However, as the Monty Python song goes, “Always look on the bright side of life” and some of those, generally positive predictions may well happen, albeit for different reason. So we’ve decided to dive into some of the positives, for example:

A welcome Christmas present will be significant global agreement on reducing global warming and other environment calamities, at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

If anything has improved since the Corona pandemic it has to start with the environment. Fish have returned to the canals of Venice which are also becoming clearer by the day and global satellite images show significant reductions of pollution with some poisonous emissions down to levels not seen for decades; CO2 down by 50% and sulfur dioxide levels down even more.

Is the pandemic going to provide an unlikely but hugely welcome realisation that we can change the way we do things if we are threatened; and we can act globally?

This realisation made us look at any other positives which may result.

A few months ago the Nation was still being torn apart over Brexit. The battle that had raged since 2015 showed no sign of abating.

Now we see a country pulling together, people acting for the common good and an army of helpers has risen from nowhere.

The much maligned NHS has shown itself in its full glory, reminding us that we are privileged to have such an incredible National Health Service. The professionalism, selflessness and dedication to duty, reminiscent of front line combat troops or battle of Britain fighter pilots, has rarely been seen before.

Regardless of whether you were a brexiteer or a remainer we now have common purpose that unites and focuses us. We seem to be healing.

Businesses everywhere have had to adopt home working and out of that a realisation that many of our functions carry on just as well, some better. We predict that this will lead to a far greater uptake of flexible working in the future, improving work life balance and reduced costs for businesses. We also think it will breed better management and empowerment of employees.

If business can adapt to service their clients remotely, given the technologies we have today, and we continue to spend and invest, then it is us, the people who will benefit when the masks come off, and the pub doors open.

But just remember that times may be tough, but “Good timber does not grow with ease, the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees”