COVID-19 has resulted in changes none of us could have imagined, but what happens next?

If you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you there was no way that school children could shift overnight to online learning; that it was impossible for banks to offer mortgage holidays; impossible to double unemployment benefits; impossible to house rough sleepers or put a hold on evictions; impossible to offer wages subsidies and definitely impossible to get people to stay home from the beach, the restaurant and the public places.

But we did it.

If you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you there was no way that a government could impose "Stay at Home" and "Business Shutdown" policies; give away millions of dollars in people and business assistance. But it did happen and,

Somebody will have to pay for this!

SMALL GOVERNMENT: A principle widely invoked to describe an economic and political system where there is minimal government involvement in certain areas of public policy or the private sector, especially matters considered to be private or personal.

Today, COVID-19 has made one thing terribly clear:

"Government is not the same as business."

The role of government is to regulate and guide the increasingly complex social landscape and business is only a part of that landscape. Health, infrastructure, the legal system, education: these are not businesses. First and foremost they are part of society, part of our duty to each other and to the system that we are all, or should be, beneficiaries of. But that is a whole other catastrophe that has been made awfully clear in the last six months.

So what is it that Covid-19 has ripped open?

The fragility of social space and the robustness of our need to share? The catastrophic misdirection of the past 30 years of economic and social planning?

What Covid-19 has ravaged is the whole idea of small government. What Covid-19 has highlighted is the importance of social and economic justice. Today, in many countries around the world, some of the most interesting, creative and innovative thinkers are ready to imagine a better World and to fight for it:

"A compelling vision for a stronger economy, a fairer society and a more environmentally sustainable future."

Be part of this new world!

Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management


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