This Too Will Pass | Robin Ancrum | #LetsResetNormal

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It was the summer of 2010 and I had finally got my life sorted. The dog was, admittedly, dead, but the kids had gone – the boy on a postgraduate gap year in Canada and the girl doing a business degree in Cardiff. I was in a job I loved, with people I liked in […]

COVID-19 and UK SMEs | Paul Seabridge | #LetsResetNormal

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Author Bio COVID-19 is unprecedented. Whilst I have lived through the dot-com bubble, 9/11, SARS, 2008 crash and MERS, the current situation is like nothing I have seen before. I think the impact on the global economy and the way many governments around the world have reacted shows the seriousness of the situation. Before I […]

Teenagers Ignoring the Lockdown | Claire Donald | #LetsResetNormal

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Teacher, United Kingdom I’d never normally use this kind of language, or speak this way to parents. But we are in extraordinary times. There are reports of groups of teenagers hanging around together and ignoring the lockdown.  You need to step up to the plate, and tell your kids they cannot go out! You are […]

An Italian Perspective | Elena Mauro | #LetsResetNormal

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Milan, Italy Feeling uncertain and overwhelmed? While we may be isolated physically, we are not alone, and this book offers insights, comfort and hope. I am Italian; I live by myself in an apartment in Milan (red zone), and since 8 March I have been experiencing #IStayHome. This will continue until at least 15 April. […]

Leading through Uncertainty | Andy Harmer | #LetsResetNormal

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Milenthorpe, Cumbria, United Kingdom Solution Focus The current circumstance tells us it’s very easy to be sucked into being focused on the drama, detail and difficulties of problem situations. While it’s tempting to do so (social media & the press encourage us to focus on problems), it’s really important to keep a focus on what […]

A Pensioner’s Perspective | David Walker | #LetsResetNormal

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Melksham, Wiltshire, UK Georgina, my wife, and I are typical of those born shortly after the end of World War II. Our parents were typical of their generation, and their parents’ generation – the women looked after the home, the men went out to work. This was the husband-wife relationship that Georgina and I grew […]

Surging to Certainty | Dr. Mike Waters | #LetsResetNormal

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Author, Gravesend, Kent, UK I’ve a friend who runs a major tyre company. Covid-19 could force him to send his employees home. Let’s suppose it does. Now let’s imagine what he might say to them through a Facebook video message. Most of his people are men. Most are not especially well-educated, but the vast majority […]

Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19 | Cora Lynn Heimer Rathbone | #LetsResetNormal

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Hertfordshire, UK In times of great uncertainty, what do we humans most strive to retain? What do we worship? It seems the answer is the “I”! From 1964, the word “I” has vastly increased in frequency over the “we”. Where does community and the greater good stand? Historically, when societies go through adversity, “We” dominates. […]

Academics in Pandemics | Carrie Oliver | #LetsResetNormal

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United Kingdom My daughter is not a teacher; she runs her own business in finance. Now she is expected to home tutor an autistic six-year-old whilst entertaining her two year old. Her husband, who is also working from home and is happy to share teaching responsibility, is a key worker supporting a large IT network […]

The Creative Revolution of Improvisation and Interactivity | Tamás Szabó | #LetsResetNormal

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Musician, Budapest, Hungary  We are thrilled to see the community connect. Helping hands are feeding the elders and overwhelmed nurses and doctors. Teachers are giving classes online, coming to terms with this unprecedented situation. Artists, actors and bands are performing live-stream shows. Physicians, trainers, yogis are doing online classes. The community are taking one big […]

Views from a Spanish Balcony | Mark Edgerton | #LetsResetNormal

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Near Barcelona, Spain For the last seventeen years, I have lived just outside Barcelona. My husband Jose and I live with our two cats in a comfortable but modest apartment in a quieter part of town, a few minutes’ walk away from the (normally) bustling tourist-packed centre.  So, here I find myself sitting at a […]

Wearing a Mask can be Cool | Joy Chen | #LetsResetNormal

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A 16-year-old from Shanghai, China Now more than two months later, I still cannot believe what happened on the rainy night of January 23rd, two days before Chinese New Year. I still cannot believe I went to the last show of Notre-Dame de Paris musical before theatres and cinemas got all closed. Above all, I […]