What’s Your Take

The coronavirus has now been labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization. So what does innovation look like in a time of crisis? How do we respond as innovators?

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  1. Michael Shupp on March 12, 2020 at 11:59 am

    So much change so quickly. Businesses are adjusting to work at home, colleges are going to strictly online classes for a period of time, travel is restricted and the list goes on. Using technology in new ways is important to keep the economy running, children learning and people safe. In this time of crisis, some innovations are small adjustments, while I suspect we may see larger innovations hitting the market to solve this problem of disruption in the our daily lives.

  2. Christopher Brennan on March 12, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    As innovators we need to be cataloguing all the problems that this pandemic is revealing and falling deeply in love with solving for those before the next big thing.

    Also (total tangential aside) it makes me think: I wish we had an AI generator that could regularly tell us what some of the greatest thinkers in history would say about current events — How would Voltaire have responded to the problem for instance? That would just be a fun bot to have on hand.

    • Betty Noyes on March 17, 2020 at 11:31 am

      I agree about my curiosity what the greatest thinkers in History would say.. !!! I hope there are many “historians” who are taking notes on us now.. and adding it to the data Banks

  3. Robin Glasco on March 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    I believe the best ideas are born out of crisis. As innovators, we can’t help but go through life looking for annoying problems to hack, blow up, and/or reimagine addressing in a different way.

    I believe we will not go back to life as we knew it before. What will the new normal look like? Who knows. As long as sports return to their normal programming, I’ll be good. Seriously, I look forward to what corporations with deeeeeep rooted ways of doing business do differently once we’ve kicked some COVID-19 ass!

  4. Braden Kelley on March 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    This outbreak will shine a spotlight on our broken healthcare system that people are already pointing flashlights at. This will create a lot of innovation opportunities and represents a chance for entrepreneurs and policy wonks to figure out how to transition us over to healthcare for all. Talk about a wicked problem!

  5. Manisha on March 17, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    There are some interesting problem spaces that have emerged due to the situation:
    1) Keeping kids who are at home due to school closure engaged
    2) Working from home for several weeks (maybe months) is driving some people up the wall.

    Innovations to solve these problems are emerging at the community level. Its an interesting perspective on Ground Up Innovation (GUI!!) that helps all.

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