A/B Testing does not work in this case

What initially looked like the problem of a city, far away in China, immediately covered the world, and completely took control of social, economic, political, and medical dynamics. Of our lives.

When the COVID-19 pandemic took its course, it quickly became obvious that previously known and used problem solving patterns would not be successful in this case. No decision could only be taken within a region, a country or econom, and there were plenty of decisions that had to be taken on a daily basis. All had to be arbitrated across medical, economic, social and political fields. That’s the rational aspect of this crisis.

People and societies went into lockdown and through different states of mind and emotions on it: solidarity, determination, ignorance, frustration, impatience, aggression,  and many others.
My friend Shakti wrote an interesting Blog on ‘Ten Livelong learnings from Covid-19’ and there are many different other perspectives on the current situation, looking at all different aspects of what’s going on right now.
For the rational and the emotional part, the big challenge was that there was not a situation in recent history that this could be compared to, or where problem solving patterns could be derived from.

By now we’ve all realized that after this crisis nothing will be like it was before and we still don’t know what the world will be like when this is over. Actually, there is no ‘this is over’; the world will have changed forever.

So, how can we learn from this and how can we make the ‘after’ better than the ‘before’? Since we don’t know what’s on the other side we’ll have to follow our vision.
The decisions we make as a global community now, the visions that drive us, define an opportunity to change what might have looked like a one way ticket to global destruction. We can break the no-alternative approach of our system; we can build a new one.

My CSFs for this new approach

  • Solidarity. Let’s show local and global responsibility for people in need and build a careful society.
  • Agility. Be quick in assessing facts and dare to change the course.
  • Sustainability. Stock indices aren’t an adequate measure of whether or not we are successful; if the world will be a livable place in 100 years is.

Can we do this?

About uleuthner
Ulrich in SoCal, using blogging to share activities with friends and fam, document observations and experiences, and also to discuss and develop topics and issues.

2 Responses to A/B Testing does not work in this case

  1. Shakti Saran says:

    Hats off to dwelling on the opportunity that COVID-19 has to offer. I admire your optimism. Also you have alluded to the need for a multi disciplinary approach to our professional lives without which we can never arbitrate across medical, economic, social and political perspectives. In short, we need broader understanding of how we can take control of our destiny.

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