Covid and lateral thinking

13 SEP,2020 | MEDC


 

Every cloud has a silver lining. The sheer scale and uncertainty of Covid-19 has taken apart old models and forced us to do some out-of-the-box thinking. The faceless assessment scheme of the government is a case in point. Sooner or later, it would surely have materialised, but Covid has forced it upon us sooner rather than later. It is clear that Covid is changing the priorities of the political economy … in many cases, for the better. Digitization is becoming widespread and a steadily increasing amount of reliable information is being made available for public consumption. Decades of strategic planning and use of predictive models seem to have limited the innovative thinking capacity of organizations and individuals. Covid has provided an added impetus to develop a proactive system with eyes and ears close to the ground. Many public and private sector organizations were already doing a lot of good work, but the unexpected advent of Covid forced them to speed up their efforts at lateral thinking.

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