After the many ways this pandemic has impacted lives, one question that will help us rethink a new reality, across the board is, 'How Can We Improve?'
While some may be looking to get back to normal, others may view this as an opportunity to move forward with a better vision. The latter group will see Covid -19 as a lesson to see the gaps in the previous culture and design for a better future. They will understand how Covid-19 exposed harsh realities and will use that for better decision making towards a sustainable future. As seen around the world over the past months, our global society is interconnected with our health, economy, resources: when one suffers, the others will follow. As decision makers, we are faced with the many challenges now to elevate our society and culture from the devastating effects of this pandemic.
Design Veritas looks at 12 concepts for its design strategy towards a sustainable future. In this series of articles, we will look at 3 of these for decision making and design towards a new reality moving forward. Being aware of these concepts will help organizations, businesses, leaders, project managers, and individuals prepare a new foundation for a new reality for an uncertain future.
1-CLIMATE CRISIS & NATURAL DISASTERS: This global pandemic has shed light on the ripple effect that results from of the imbalance in our financial and health systems and our connection to nature. Understanding the way nature works and the dependence of the world's GDP on nature shows not just the opportunity, but the need to respect, value and take care of this fundamental resource. The ecological system provides a buffer between humans and disease. When this natural ecosystem is off balance due to human encroachment, deforestation, greed, and wasteful human habits, then emerging diseases can be the result. When natural habitats are being destroyed or reduced and ecosystems are damaged, various species are displaced living closer to humans and viruses can find new hosts: humans. With our globally connected world, this pandemic highlights the realization of our inter-connectedness.
Take Away: Moving forward, design and decision making should be done with the understanding that humans, the environment, the economy and technology are needed to all fit together and work together to move forward. Think of it as a car with four wheels moving forward...if one wheel is off, the car will not move forward efficiently. How does your decision affect the wellbeing of people? How are the resources needed and its supply chain responsibly sourced and environmentally friendly? How can you leverage technology- present and future- to minimize your carbon footprint, positively affect people's wellbeing and save money? How can your decision or design lead and move us forward towards a balance and a sustainable future?
Rushed short-term gain without a new human, environmental and economic strategy is NOT the answer.
What is required now is strategically thinking for the sustainable long-term and creating a new, more aligned, balanced reality. Incorporating the environment, humanity, and technology into a new business model and foundation will be important moving forward.Understanding that leveraging technology, understanding people's needs and being cost and resource efficient will help organizations establish a strong foundation for the future while navigating out of economic distress today.
Efficiency and responsibility are key for addressing climate change, for without a balanced ecosystem, the health and wellbeing of the economy and its people will always be in jeopardy.
The next article will look at health and wellbeing as a concept to evaluate for design and decision making for during and post COVID times.