2020 & Lockdown: The Unexpected Social Experiment. Can’t Wait To Get Back To “Normal”: or can I? Maybe A New “Normal”…
The Lockdown Experiment
Published on December 18, 2020
published on December 18, 2020

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2020 has been the year of the CoronaVirus and the endless cyclical lockdown. The year where human contact became “illegal” and, whilst being apart, we all learned to pull together more.

2020 can also be defined as the year of the global social experiment where humans re-learned what is like to live in a “survival” day-to-day mode.

And this “spruced up” a few interesting things …

Some good :

  • The ability to work flexibly location-independent-like finally becoming a reality for more and more people (well at least in companies that changed, adapted and innovated accordingly).
  • The pulling-all-together and rediscovering a sense of community and humanity.


Some not so good:

  • Hairdressers not being “essential” and therefore being closed off-and-on all year (at least in the UK). Hey, I’m a girl and looking like a Neathertal makes me feel really grumpy (this is where I envy men).
  • The hoarding of toilet paper?? C-O-M-M-O-N …


Some funny ones:

  • The ZOOM calls with the obligatory: “Can you hear me?” or “You are on mute”. Yes, Zoom (or Teams, Google Hangouts, whatever) is a great tool and definitely helps to feel connected but, seriously?
  • Plus being on camera takes away all the pleasure of the working from home thingy, AKA working in PJ and being a total slob if you want to.

The lesson here for me is; we as humans are resilient and can adapt and survive anything, especially if we pull together.

Let’s not lose this when everything goes back to “normal”.



Laura Mariani

Laura Mariani

Best Selling Author, Speaker, Change & Transformation Expert


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