Processing The COVID-19 Pandemic

As I imagine is the case for most people, my attention over the past week has been squarely focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • As a father, I have been concerned about the safety and well being of my wife and children.
  • As someone with multiple “underlying health conditions” (asthma and a childhood history of bronchitis & pneumonia), I have been concerned about my health and well-being.
  • As a freelancer, I have been concerned about the stability of my business in an uncertain and fluid market.
  • As a political consultant, I have been concerned about how the pandemic and the various government responses to it (local, state, and federal) will affect the 2020 elections. 

Work continues, but my attention is decidedly fractured.

But now, a week into my family’s voluntary self-quarantine, things are starting to come more clearly into focus. I’m ready to move forward.

In the coming year, politics, technology, and remote work — and the way they interact with one another — will be more important than they have ever been.

  • Elections in 2020, 2021, and 2022 will be hard-fought, and campaigns will depend upon digital strategies to reach voters who are practicing social distancing. 
  • The importance of having a good website, reliable digital infrastructure, and the training and know-how to use them effectively has never been greater.
  • Everyone campaign staffer has suddenly been forced into a remote work posture and training them on how to organize effectively from home could make the difference between them keeping or losing their job.

Thankfully, and perhaps coincidentally, my whole career has prepared me for a situation like this. Now, I’m in a position to help prepare others.

So in the coming days and weeks, I am going to redouble my efforts at helping leaders to effectively navigate the intersection of politics & technology and try to let the larger crisis evolve of its own accord.