The NEXT Normal
The NEXT Normal
Jul 28, 2021
How COVID-19 stressed and tested our our resilience
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In this episode of The NEXT Normal, we address “adaptive capacity”. It was stressed and tested during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and it highlighted our collective need and ability to be resilient.

Sarah Thorne, President and CEO at  Decision Partners, leads the discussion in this show.

[00:03:38] “What have we learned so far about our own adaptive capacity, that of our families and people we have relationships with. And what are we learning about adaptive capacity in our communities and in society?”


Dave Hardy, President of Hardy Steveson and Associates, isn’t convinced we’ve adapted well because we haven’t learned well from past experiences that tested out resilience.


[00:05:00] “We're actually  missing the fundamentals and we continue to do so. I looked at the, ice storm back in 2013 and the huge power outage in 2003. We still haven't learned our lessons from that in terms of making sure we are stronger and more resilient.”


Motivbase CEO and Cultural Anthropologist Ujwal Arkalgud says our experience during the pandemic has forced a major shift in our understanding of resiliency to be included in our discussion about equity.


[00:09:30] “There is an increased recognition of the fact that thre’s an equity problem in how resilient we can be as people and in the expectations that we tend to impose on other people, without realizing that their experiences, their background, their own infrastructure may prevent them from actually being resilient, from actually adapting the way  one might be able to.”


On one hand, we’ve all become more aware of the cultural challenges we face because of the pandemic. On the other hand, Challenge Factory President Lisa Taylor says we run the risk of the general public and policy makers being overwhelmed by the depth of the problem, to the point where we feel incapable of seeing real solutions.


[00:12:18] “I think we saw that in spades with the outrage that started to happen when the realization happened, that there wasn't paid sick days or ways for these vulnerable workers, to be able to take time off, to go get vaccinated and to recover from the vaccination and the outcry that happened over the days and weeks leading up to the modified policy that started to come in was outrageous. I mean, it was really, it's such a high level, never before had we really seen such focus on what it means to be in a precarious employment situation and what the real implications are, not just to those workers, but to everyone and why this is an issue that everyone needs to get behind.”

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