Part VIII: The new normal: a culture of consideration and listening

It’s been a while since I made a contribution to the “Inclusive Society”. I was not aware the weeks had passed so quickly. Suddenly Mother’s Day, and even Father’s Day, had passed, and it’s already nearly time to go on our summer holiday. Working from home is still the norm at the moment, and may remain so forever. But people are social beings aren’t they? Can we handle that? How…

Part VII: Has Mother’s Day thrown a spanner in the works for the slow reopening of our society?

COVID-19 requires a change in behaviour, and we are doing our best, but common sense is simply not enough. In co-creation with www.monkeyshot.be – Jimmy Tieu, Michiel Meekels, Benjamin Sipahi & Anne Smits Last weekend, we celebrated Mother’s Day, and it highlighted our yearning for social contact. As the corona curve flattens, and even falls sharply, the National Security Council has given the green light to merge two bubbles into…

Part VI: The Corona Entropy

“The entropy of the world strives towards a maximum.” – this is an expression I have always remembered from thermodynamics lessons. We fight against this law all our lives. We clean our desk today, but it will be a mess again tomorrow. It is the same with our living space, kitchen, garden, and even our body and mind. It is no different during the lockdown – we live, work, learn…

Part V: Amor Mundi

Last weekend, I read the Inge Vervotte’s Easter message with great interest. Her appeal to once again make “Love and responsibility for the world” – Amor Mundi – the norm touched me. If necessary, she wants civil resistance to get things done in these exceptional circumstances. Her ambition and commitment sound like heaven to my ears. Still, I feel a little uncomfortable hearing this from the mouth of a former…

Part IV: Can we uninstall and reinstall 2020? This version has a virus.

About four weeks ago, we were put in lockdown. Four weeks of social distancing, washing our hands, and staying indoors. It has not been easy, but green shoots are starting to appear. The hospitals are still working, and there are intensive care places available. The spread of coronavirus is slowing down, and the curve appears to be flattening. At the same time, we are gradually finding our own pace of life: we…

Part III: The show must go on

We are in a mild lockdown, and it is the beginning of the third week, unknown territory to me, because it has never happened before. We have heard the Olympics are being postponed. And despite the fact that this was not decided in the context of war, the news was met with little fanfare, as if it were not really news at all. Our group is also asking for more…

Part II: Working from home and home life

What a week! What a difference we have seen – there were no restrictions last week and we were allowed to move freely, but this week has been very different. 13 March 2020 may soon be remembered in the same way as the attacks on 22 March 2016 – a day that no one will forget. A lot changed very quickly. We have to fully adapt to the measures imposed…

Part I: Take care of yourself and the others

In recent days, we have communicated a lot about how to protect ourselves against the current recession. Ensuring our own business continuity, as well as that of our customers, in difficult times is going to be a focus for the following weeks and months. We are already grateful to everyone for their flexibility and “can do” mentality of the past few days. But let’s also talk about the other side.…