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How COVID-19 ended the Information Era and ushered in the Age of Insight

Summary: The COVID-19 crisis was the catalyst for rapid change and brought with it the opportunity to accelerate towards a brighter future, a new era that is defined by insights and discoveries that benefit all of society has arrived.

Original author and publication date: Antonio Neri – July 17, 2020

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: The Age of Insight has arrived. Where those insights come from and how are they going to benefit us all?

Image for illustration purposes only. Source: Pablo Buffer
Image for illustration purposes only. Source: Pablo Buffer

From the article:

COVID-19 introduced challenges that we as a society were not ready to address. We are converting to a digital-first world overnight. Becoming fully connected. Ensuring all of our personal data is protected. And taking steps to not leave anyone behind in this new digital economy.

Conversations with customers, team members, community partners and fellow leaders around the globe have given me first-hand insight into the complex and widespread effects of the pandemic. In spite of the challenges, I have been incredibly inspired by the innovative partnerships, technical advancements, and humanitarian responses I have seen across industries, organizations, and geographies.

Part of my visibility into these compelling examples of action is through my role leading the World Economic Forum’s CEO Champions group on Accelerating Digital Transformation in a post-COVID-19 world. Together, this incredible cross-industry group of CEOs and experts are developing new frameworks and toolkits to enable large and small organizations alike to transform their businesses, empower new stakeholders, change their business models, and take active roles in driving social change as we emerge from this crisis. Today, we published a report, Digital Transformation: Powering the Great Reset, that I believe is a valuable resource as we look ahead. It provides guidance, best practices and examples of how to put people and the planet at the core of digital transformation strategies.

From a technology standpoint, the future that everyone talked about before the pandemic is now here, ahead of schedule. We expected significant advancements in digitizing our world, in adopting new business models, and in generating outcomes for students, patients, researchers, and community members like never before. Today, that is no longer a prediction; it is reality.

The COVID-19 crisis was the catalyst for rapid change, and it presents the opportunity for us to collectively shift priorities, refocus on what matters, and accelerate to a brighter future.

As we recover, it’s important to focus on the future. We need to look beyond the goal of becoming digitally powered and instead contemplate how we will be best positioned to deliver outcomes for our stakeholders. The Great Reset challenges us to radically rethink how we make decisions and who benefits from the outcomes – and how to develop and apply technology in new and meaningful ways for the benefit of all.

Today, we are entering the Age of Insight – a new era that is defined by insights and discoveries that benefit all and that elevate the greater well-being of every human on this planet.

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