In different ways, the COVID-19 pandemic around the world has forced us all to reconsider if some things are truly essential in our lives or organizations. If your country is experiencing a lockdown, at first, like me, you probably miss your favorite restaurant or some other comfort or pleasure that you usually afford yourself.

However, as the weeks pass by, you might still miss these things but more importantly, it suddenly dawns on you (or am I the only one?) that you can live without them.

A camel is perhaps a good metaphor of how we should structure our lives and organizations in anticipation of bad times, i.e. lean, slow and steady, and with enough reserves for the journey ahead in case there is no "water" for a long part of the journey. Only problem is going through life like this sounds boring πŸ€”

This principle is now not only clear in our personal lives but during these times, it has also become clear which industries and sectors of society matter. Especially when it comes to matters of life and death.

From my observation (I am not saying the other areas don’t matter) it looks quite clear that research in the science fields is what every country should focus on so it can be better equipped for possible bad times ahead. Whether it is in health, digital technology, engineering, and finance, we are realising that to sustain human life, we really do need more scientists and less entertainers and influencers.

I’ m not fighting, I’m just saying.

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