In these confusing times of social distance, it offers comfort and relief to dream about a wonderful new world. A world in which it is pleasant to live after the risk of infection with the corona virus has passed. A world with much more community spirit and equality, away from the world dominated by material desires and fierce competition. This article summarizes some of such dreams based on recently published scenario studies, with the focus on a scenario analysis that the author conducted with Patrick van der Duin. A scenario from that study, relevant to the post-corona world is what could be called the "small is beautiful" scenario. In this scenario, service that focuses on individual wishes is central, where possession of things is less important than having access to the use of these things. For example, loan and lease contracts will be offered in many forms. No longer are companies with extensive research departments the most innovative. The most important success factor is knowledge and a feeling for current and future customer wishes and being able to respond quickly and effectively via innovations. Yet, the welfare benefits that international specialization has brought to the world economy should not be neglected in such a vision of the future. Globalization has not only negative but also positive sides. Investments in and knowledge of international production chains cannot simply be reversed. It does mean that alternatives are needed for the lavish business and tourist travel, which is in fact a major cause of the coronavirus pandemic.
|Translated title of the contribution||Dreams about a new economic order after corona|
|Media of output||Online|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Apr 2020|