What do you think of when you think of a country “bouncing back” after a crisis?
Cambridge Dictionary says it is “to start to be successful again after a difficult period, for example after experiencing failure, loss of confidence, illness, or unhappiness.“
But then we have to pick apart what we mean by being successful again. Is it returning to normal? Something new rising from the chaos of a difficult time? Or is it just returning to some form of ordinary?
We all know of businesses that didn’t survive or had to make significant changes almost overnight, never to be the same. On countless occasions, I’ve found myself faced with the feeling that I missed something important when stores I once frequented were suddenly gone.
On the other hand, some places have thrived. They’ve diversified or adapted to cope with this bizarre time, only to find it works. Some places even came into creation during the crisis.
Is bouncing back the old surviving? The new blooming? Or just a world where we don’t collectively recoil when we bump into a stranger?
Derek Blyth has taken a look back at an extraordinary moment in our time and identified six ways that Covid could change the EU capital forever – so read his take here – but I want to know what bouncing back will look like to you?
Let @johnstonjules know.
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