In our survey, The Better Normal, we asked those answering yes to "Do you see a "better normal" for your community and/or country?", What is the better normal you foresee for your community or country?
What is that better normal you foresee for your community and/or country?
"More innovation, new business models, more tolerance and less materialism"
"A better appreciation of supporting each other and especially the small businesses and community groups that are the heart of our rural towns. Acceptance that we can do things differently and still have good results."
"Less commuter traffic on the roads. More connection of people more experienced in using better communications technology. More time spent in local neighbourhoods and with neighbours."
“Better” begs the question: how can we sharpen our goals to bring greater value to our communities -- in my case, the study and teaching of history.
"More empathy and more understanding of others"
"Having the ability to assist a family, no matter where they live to get the right care for their ageing or disabled loved ones. It's more accepted to do business remotely."
"Greater awareness of global interconnectivity will generate more strategic thinking, including eventually overcoming simplistic preconceptions."
"Strengthening of public health and research for pandemics."
Geoffrey Jackson, Principal Consultant, Crucible Solutions AustraliaThe "Better Normal" is a more thoughtful, less self-centred society. One that values the natural world and respects human-kind's place in that world. In Australia we have experienced a series of catastrophic events:- drought, bushfire and Covid19. We are changed! Evolved to be the better, and respectful of each other.
Professor Mary Rautkis
“Much of what we have been reading is about how important animals have become to people when working and living in isolation. I'm optimistic that when we return to life however it looks, that the value of nonhuman life and our closer relationships will remain with us. I know that I will not take their affection and company for granted again.”
"More flexibility in the workplace to allow us to relate more to family and neighbours. More caring and contributing to neighbours as working from home provides more time in the local community."
"More helpful communities, greater solidarity."
"People helping people: Supporting their local communities through shopping local and volunteering."
"Accepting and welcoming the time and space required to care for your friends and neighbours effectively."
"A more inclusive society."
"More connection and consideration of others. Greater respect for people's space."
Bishop Phillip Huggins
"I have shared are a few Reflections and related Suggestions towards a better new “normal”, drawn from re -appreciating the Charter for Compassion.
"It used to be said that the Church of the future needed to be mystical or it wouldn’t be much at all.
"It can also now be said that our society and world needs to become more compassionate or it won’t be much either!
"My faith is that, in accord with our being made in the divine likeness and always being in the divine love, we can now lift to a quite unprecedented and sustained quality of unity as one human family.
"The possibility is before us. We can all make a contribution."
"An improved and desired state of well-being and optimism. I will work to help take up the opportunity to shape a more sustainable, safer and prosperous future for all."
"A Better Normal, has to be a "Kinder Normal" Be Kind. Be Vegan."
"I see more kindness and people leaning in toward more feminine energy, more welcoming to connectivity within the community."
"A more cooperative, kind community and country - living out the COVID mantra of ‘we’re all in this together’."
"A kinder more compassionate community and a balance between prosperity for all yet caring for the planet and make changes needed to stop climate change."
"I believe we have been able to connect with others in our community, and we have all been moved by small kindnesses and expressions of appreciation."
"More kindness and humanity."
"Local small business will do better, e.g. local cafes."
"People supporting local businesses; people holidaying at home; people looking after people."
"More support for local businesses and more supportive neighbourhoods."
"Exploring and supporting local businesses and holidaying locally."
"Supporting local businesses, friends and colleagues, more cooperative efforts, reimagining social norms and ways of working."
"More communication with neighbours and local business owners, more friends catching up, people having a sense of belonging and care for their fellow human being."
"Greater emphasis on community relationships, prioritisation of people and the environment over company profits, an awareness and appreciation of the importance of essential worker roles. Greater empathy and understanding for those who due to disability, unemployment, mental health or other health concerns are often confined to the home and the challenges they face. Employers are providing flexible options for working at home, and possibly thinking about work done rather than the number of hours worked. Supporting local businesses, thereby helping your community and thinking about the benefits of creating, rather than consuming, also the health and environmental benefits for using a mode of transportation that requires you to exercise."
"More focus on our stewardship of the world, taking climate change seriously, more focus on community and societal relationships."
"Shift to a greener, low carbon future. Repair nature. Meaningful jobs, but less time working. Fix climate change. Fix poverty."
"We can address some of the long term challenges we have faced for a while: lack of supply of affordable housing, our climate transition, and new employment opportunities. We can connect social enterprise and impact investment into the way all sectors do business."
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN Human Rights Commissioner.
"At the start of 2020 I was dejected, we lacked any sign of the kind of leadership needed to meet the climate commitments. Now, however, the response to the coronavirus by ordinary people - who have reflected with empathy on how their actions impact those on the front lines of the crisis - has given me more optimism for the future."
"The virus may have exposed the Wizards of Oz pulling the levers of our society and opened our eyes to the possibilities of a better normal, but remember some would very much like to keep those curtains drawn. If we want the new normal to be a better normal we’re going to have to fight for it."
"Peace and harmony. More intelligent debate on essential issues (e.g. climate change) and areas of long-overdue reform (e.g. tax). A return to core values and less shouting"
"A workable peace proposal for the Middle East, and a better Australia for all Australians."
Choose peace. Revolution never succeeds unless it rides on the back of a deeper commitment to the process of constitution. The goal has to be to build. These things can be done only on the basis of a commitment to peace. We need a better normal at the end of this. Not a new normal, a rinse and repeat of the old but with face masks. We need peace. Social movement leaders across the ideological spectrum should renounce violence. Americans for Prosperity should disavow people who bring guns to rallies. Black Lives Matter should disavow the antifa movement, which is real and dangerous.
"Better Australian Federation"
Life in General
"More conscious and caring for each other. As a health professional, it has been nice to be appreciated by the community for the first time."
"More appreciative of what we have in Australia. A better understanding of "us" rather than just individualism."
"A better appreciation of how lucky we are in Australia."
"In India, we have now witnessed the worst of politics and social hatred. I hope things will get better as people realise the truth."
"If our national leadership improves, we could have a more inclusive and stable society. Time to rewind things - to become the genuinely egalitarian society we were once destined to be. Reduce the casualisation of work and provide affordable housing/social housing for all."
Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
"We will have before us the task of building a future of work which tackles the injustices that the pandemic has highlighted, together with the permanent and no longer postponable challenges of climate, digital and demographic transition. This is what defines the better normal that has to be the lasting legacy of the global health emergency of 2020."
"If we can tap into people’s newfound energy to create something bigger and better than before, we can leave the worst parts of work behind to create a better normal for all of us. Now is the time we can all make our organizations better for humans. In the spirit of the moment, let’s be sure to follow the science."
Mark Radcliffe, author of Stranger than Kindness
I would like to imagine a new and better normal might emerge from this crisis but my sense is that can only happen if the NHS itself doesn’t rush blindly back to normal, but rather takes this opportunity to change and improve its own reality.
Punit Renjen, Global Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte
Sociologists have observed many crises throughout history requiring massive sacrifices from a citizenry that responded by putting community ahead of self. Leaders led, and people trusted them. As a new social contract was created, people overcame challenges once thought insurmountable – and used each crisis to elevate themselves and their nation. This same potential exists today. Returning to a world that existed before COVID-19 would mark failure. We all should expect more. We have a chance to use what we’ve learned the past months to usher in a new and better normal. The key to doing so – to exercising resilient leadership – is the ability to energize our teams by looking outward, imagining a successful future and embracing trust to get us there.