“Maybe you are too focused on trying to get back to where you were before, rather than trying to get to where you should be!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Can I ramble about what really annoys me right now?
All around me, I see individuals and companies who ‘can’t wait to get back tot normal,’ who are in a rush to ‘get back to the way that things were before,” or who want to “simply move on to the next phase.”
This line of thinking really bugs me, because as a futurist, everything has changed, forever. You won’t be going to back to where you were – you will be going to where you are going to get to. And if you don’t plan for that fact, you’re going to find yourself an old idea in a new world, a previous concept in a disrupted universe, an out of date product in an altered state.
Gosh, folks, at what point will you realize that Covid-19 has changed so many concepts at an absolutely fundamental level?
We will never again look at the world of education without viewing it through the lens of a laptop; we will never conceive on a life in which the products we need didn’t magically just come to us via some type of home delivery system; we will never again tolerate a world of healthcare in which we don’t just do a video conference with a doctor; we will never again wonder why we can’t build more leisure time into our busy work lives by spending more time at home and less time commuting.
These are irrevocable, transformative behavioural and structural changes which have forever shaped the future path of our world. That old world you knew is gone – a new one is being created.
The sooner you accept that fact, the better prepared you will be for what you need to do to get there.