FILE – In this July 29, 2011, file photo, from left, Aaron Parecki, Patrick Arlt, and Kyle Drake work in the Portland Incubator Experiment offices, in the Pearl District in Portland. The Portland Incubator Experiment, more commonly known as PIE, is ad firm Wieden Kennedy’s effort to nurture startups. It’s not always easy to transition from a corporate environment to running your own shop. But you can take certain steps before quitting your current job to make sure you’re ready for the unique pressures of entrepreneurship. (Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian via AP, File)
There is no shortage of articles floating around these days about LIFE AFTER CORONAVIRUS. Although we’ve been in lockdowns for the better part of two months (with some states set to extend deadlines) we’ve already seen a massive societal shift that is manifesting itself in a myriad of ways. From tv commercials to online church to our new love of Zoom — the COVID life is the new normal for now. We have no idea how many of these “shifts” will be permanent and what will fall away once we get back to a world without a pandemic crisis. Will churchgoers ever feel comfortable going back to packed services, hugging each other, and shaking hands with strangers every week? Will people return to their brick and mortar businesses or will America become even more dependent on at-home workers? Will more people choose to homeschool? Will fewer people choose to homeschool?
There are all kinds of questions worth asking. Very serious health concerns aside, it will be fascinating to watch America resettle all the pieces and see where they land. The data, charts, and graphs that will come out of all will be a nerd’s ultimate fantasy realized.