The Future is Hot and this is the moment to get our hands dirty...

So much has been written about the impact of Coronavirus and how we have an opportunity to re-imagine and rebuild towards a better or at the very least different future.

It almost seems unfashionable to yet again quote the report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which stated that to avert climate breakdown, we need to cut global emissions in half by 2030 and reach zero by 2050. Beyond the COVID health crisis looms an economic crisis and beyond the economic crisis awaits an environmental crisis.

There are so many great articles out there that speak to the systemic shifts that are required to transition from a global culture based on the values of competition, celebrity and consumption towards a culture based on the values of cooperation, empathy and ecology. I list some of my favourites here;

Outgrowing growth: why quality of life, not GDP, should be our measure of success

How the unexpected can prime a system for change: what we can learn from coronavirus.

Phase Shift has arrived! The Pandemic as a catalyst for transformation

Jane Goodall: humanity is finished if it fails to adapt after Covid-19 - call for overhaul of food habits to prevent a future pandemic

Life after Coronavirus: A new high street is waiting — if we’re brave enough to reimagine access to property

The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?

Team Now or Team Next: What to do during COVID19

The best reflection that I can contribute is that lockdown has presented many of us with the gift of time. Time to slow down, stay grounded and re-evaluate what’s actually important in our lives. Personally, I have used this time to develop new routines, create art, spend quality time with my romantic partner and of course work on new projects and ideas.

I strongly believe that just thinking or writing about change without applying and testing that thinking on a practical and personal level is counterproductive.

Thinking without action leaves us feeling lost in a complex maze of intellectual loops.

On the other hand action without thinking results in a lot of wasted time and resources.