Characterized by what is considered usual,
It sounds safe and staid.
But our NORMAL, usual, typical, expected, routine – turned
Chaotic, dislocated, disorderly and out of control when COVID 19 hit us.
The pandemic sent the world reeling, forcing us to shut down economies, forcing us to recalibrate our NORMAL, forcing us to confront the WHAT’S NEXT? What’s next for jobs, for education, for families and our health and well-being.
This podcast ponders how we will live in this COVID era. What’s on the horizon? What should we expect? Where are the opportunities?
Our hosts, Lisa Taylor, President at Challenge Factory, Dave Hardy, President, Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited, Sarah Thorne, President and CEO, Decision Partners and Ujwal Arkalgud, Chief Anthropologist & CEO, MotivBase explore "what’s next" in the NEXT NORMAL.
Lessons learned during COVID: Creativity is Currency
In this episode of The NEXT Normal, we wrap up season one with a focus on where the pandemic created bright spots. What conversations happened because of our young people? What impact did they have? How are we now facing gaps in our education systems? Our co-hosts share the positive lessons they’ve learned through the pandemic and through this series.
COVID Has Created a Global Climate Experiment
In this episode of The NEXT Normal, we look at the big picture of energy and environmental considerations post-pandemic with a focus on the opportunity ahead of us. What has shifted in the minds of the consumer? What are we missing? Where should we be looking next? Who is obligated to respond?
Challenging outdated career thinking
In this episode of The NEXT Normal, we confront ageism – particularly in the workplace. Lisa Taylor, President at Challenge Factory debunks two myths about older workers. Whatever we call our ageing workforce, Lisa shudders when we refer to it as the “grey tsunami”.
"It casts such a negative light into the concept that we have added years of engagement and productivity and relationship building. It makes it seem like it's a disaster that's happening instead of a triumph."
Whose responsibility is it to build a better normal?
In this episode of The NEXT Normal, we explore the changing nature of the American social contract and the decisions we entrust to our leaders. What does it mean to lead post-pandemic? Whose responsibility is it to build a better normal? And what can we expect from leadership moving forward?
Artificial Intelligence isn’t as smart as you may think.
All the buzz about technology and AI creates concern in some quarters. It raises the spectre of machinery replacing humans in the workplace.
Cultural Anthropologist and CEO at Motivbase, Ujwal Arkalgud says, “It's a real fear at the moment. And in particular, a real fear for those once again, who are older, who are less privileged.”
"Artificial intelligence is artificial. It's really not that intelligent…We're at least 50 to a hundred years away from true intelligence from anything artificial."
New Skills Development in the NEXT Normal
In this episode of The NEXT Normal, we myth bust some of the assumptions and outdated ideas around career and skill development. What do we need to foster in our workforce now that we’ve gone through this experience? What have we discovered about education and training? Have retirement expectations shifted? Are there new skills gaps to address?