About a week ago, as we Melburnians began Lockdown 2, I realised that many other cities and areas are in the same position. I realised that ‘this’ may well be our medium-term future – permanent physical distancing, local cluster lockdowns, no international (and minimum domestic) travel, no large scale events (sports, entertainment, pubs, clubs, restaurants). And I realised that no one seems to be planning for this as our ‘future’. Everyone is assuming we will return to old normal. With no vaccine on the near-term horizon, the number of global cases continuing to hit daily records, this no longer seems likely. I wondered: What might our medium-term future really look like?Read More »
While we’re all bemoaning the impact of coronavirus on our personal worlds, crises like these often change some aspects of our behaviour positively, permanently. Since the Esso Longford Bass Strait gas explosion in 1998 stopped our gas supply for several months and we had no hot water or stove, we switched to washing clothes in cold water…and never changed back. Unpredicted stock market crashes in 1987 and 2001 (repeated in 2008 and now 2020) led me to use professional investment advice, despite my own financial background. I proved to myself that someone else made better decisions than I had…and I became more conservative as well.
So what unexpected positive changes will the coronavirus epidemic bring, as it bears down so rapidly upon us?Read More »
As a former university Professor I hate to say it, but universities are being outcompeted on education in terms of teaching and learning. Like sailing ships before steam, like publishing before the internet, hamstrung by their philosophy and methodology, they are blind as the new education industry expands rapidly all around them. Their future is limited, but they don’t seem to see it yet.Read More »