Today is the one year anniversary of the Corona virus being first reported in China. And quite frankly, one year ago I personally would not have expected my life as it is today. Otherwise I would have clearly not have booked a drop-dead expensive trip to Tanzania for the summer of 2020. There is some comfort in the fact to be not alone with this (although my friends love to tease me about the fact that I work for a strategic foresight company and still did not see Corona coming, duh).

 

There is much talk of the "new normality". But what could it look like? ScMI has outlined eight possible futures in an open scenario process. None of these scenarios can be excluded today. Nevertheless, we are looking for orientation. Therefore we offer you to participate in our online scenario assessment.

 

 

The final event of the scenario process on the future of city centres in South Westphalia was held at the end of June. The process was supported by the University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen, the Competence Center E-Commerce and the City Lab Südwestfalen. A participatory process with two large workshops was planned for spring 2020. Due to the corona pandemic, the procedure was modified at short notice, so that the scenarios were created in several online workshops. In this process, the various stakeholders from over 20 municipalities contributed their heterogeneous perspectives and points of view, thus contributing significantly to the breadth of the results.

 

Almost three-quarters of the future experts surveyed in a "Corona stress test" expect that a structural change towards sustainability and public welfare will succeed after the pandemic. However, this will only be possible if there are forward-looking control measures in politics, business and society. Otherwise, there is a danger of backward-looking isolation and exclusion, as feared by another quarter. But almost all experts agree on one thing: there will be no return to the old normality.

 

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