The New Abnormal – Sean Pillot de Chenecey

‘Was that a pivotal, historical moment we just went stumbling past?’ I believe that quote, from the catalytic Kae Tempest, sums up the epic year we’ve endured from an individual, organisational and societal perspective.

A huge amount has happened to all of us during the ‘great pause’. We can probably all agree that the reality in which we find ourselves now is markedly different from the one we took to be ‘normal’ only recently.

We must acknowledge that these are challenging times for us all. Everyone, in their own way, is doing their best to cope with the enormous challenges of Covid. The most immediately positive manner in which we can respond is with compassion and kindness.

I spent most of last year researching the cultural, social and organisational implications of C19 from the perspective of ‘hope, community and resilience’ as I believe they illuminate the way forward.

As part of that, I also set up a podcast ‘The New Abnormal’ where I interview a wide variety of guests from around the world including activists, creatives, strategists, philosophers, writers, psychologists and futurists.

The analysis of that research (which will also be the subject matter of my next book) indicates that we should think deeply about:

  • Hope being a crucial element that helps us plan for a better future
  • Focusing on ‘stronger-together’ community action benefits all concerned
  • Using resilience tactics enables individuals & businesses to be ‘anti-fragile’


So let us deal with our new reality as it is, ‘Build Back Better’ by finding opportunity from adversity, and reinvigorate companies by design, not chance.

Whilst many view the future with trepidation, a proactive approach is to do so with a positive mindset and a progressive attitude, whilst noting that The Economist and McKinsey forecast a ‘Roaring Twenties’ of business innovation and rebounding societies.

Carpe Diem!


Article is written by Sean Pillot de Chenecey, an inspirational speaker, best-selling author and foresight strategist, who’s consulted for some of the world’s biggest brands. His first book ‘The Post-Truth Business’ focused on trust, empathy and ethics; the second ‘Influencers & Revolutionaries’ on innovation, behavioural change and sustainability. His podcast #TheNewAbnormal (which has a global following) looks into hope, community and resilience as the way forward.

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