Being Intentional in a Pandemic and After…

Robyne Stevenson
5 min readApr 5, 2020
Photo by Jean-Pierre Brungs on Unsplash

Today is like a hurricane in a snowstorm. I can’t see what’s out there but I’m told something awful is coming. I need to see the other side of this.

What will we carry into the post-corona world that we will pass on for generations? I’ve learned how to DIY a face mask, create meals from what’s left in my pantry, use all types of technology, software, and apps to communicate and stay connected to the world, and understand the realm of epidemiology.

While in isolation, sheltering in place, and practicing physical distancing, I think about a time horizon that is beyond the second and third wave of the pandemic. When we come out of our hidey-holes and pop up to see the sunshine — what will we do with it?

Post-corona will be a potential do-over, a reset, a mulligan.

Today the administration is relaxing all the regulations in the name of the pandemic. Why is more pollution a better thing in a pandemic? Is a de-regulated world without protections what we want?

Hungary just granted their Prime Minister authoritarian powers and shut parliament. Not a good move in a pandemic when some leaders are jonesing to be despots. Is authoritarianism what we want in the next societal iteration?



Robyne Stevenson

I travel the country in my Airstream meeting people and enjoying life. I’m a writer. I was a Professor of Politics. Things change.