With so much information, applying a defined lens can be beneficial to shape a new perspective, re frame information and make sense of impact.

Apr 7, 2020

As we are all mandated to change our ways, the world continues to bombard us with commentary about COVID19’s impact on every aspect of our lives.

With so much information, applying a defined lens can be beneficial to shape a new perspective, re frame information and make sense of impact.

The trick is to understand the bias of each lens choice and the impact one lens may have on another point of view

Here are my favourite lenses for the day.

Public Health Lens – From a Public Health perspective, these are fascinating times. Back when I studied pandemics during my Masters of Public Health, my epidemiology case-studies were all retrospective.

Understanding Health- belief modelling to motivate behaviour is essential, as is understanding numbers and tracking patterns. (I also have a renewed appreciation for bio statistics and many and many proven health theories) We have so many global public health experts, we must ensure we learn from them.

For me, these learnings amplify the need to understand the social determinants of health ; and how improved socio economic status, sanitation, vaccination and information are all essential for population well-being,

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as a complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. You can follow the WHO here www.who.int

Political Lens – In the COVID19 world, a day in politics is a VERY long time. From the comfort of our living rooms, we can compare and contrast political leadership across the globe. ( you can choose many sub lenses here)

What is clear ( to me) is that politically driven, self-serving and egocentric leadership that ignores science will cost lives.

Maybe the Imperial War Cabinet days are re-emerging, with governments working together?? and never before have I seen so much money on the table.

Health and wealth are very much aligned. Political will and civility are essential for our health and economic wellbeing.

From now on, I hope that we value our health care system and ensure our political leaders continue to invest in universal health care ( that is evidenced based), and a universal basic wage – what will happen next??

Comedy Lens – When life gets too stressful, I seek comedy. (it’s the sanguine in me)

Wow – there is so much material, my most recent favourite is from comedian @Arj Barker who said (something like) a positive from ISO is that there is “no more FOMO !” – there is nothing to miss out on.

I am loving the memes, Tik Tok and the many creative film shorts. I am also looking forward to the “COVID period” sitcoms…that will follow

There are so many lenses to choose from; other favourites are management and leadership, consumer behaviour, science and innovation, but I will leave those for another day.

What is your lens of the day???