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Post Pandemic Plausible Directions – Dehumanization

by Marty Resnick  |  July 2, 2020  |  Comments Off on Post Pandemic Plausible Directions – Dehumanization

We recently published a report that was a cross Research and Advisory initiative at Gartner. Analysts from many different industries, coverage areas, and teams participated in this list, that to be fair was published in early May. So it does not take into account some recent events and disruptions.

I wanted to spend the next several days sharing each one and would appreciate any feedback. The entire report  is  available Top 10 Plausible Directions Resulting from COVID-19

A webinar on this topic could also be found here.

Keep in mind, COVID-19 will have short- and long-term implications for all organizations. There are many opposing trends and parallel scenarios. These posts will explore each one.

The first plausible direction is Dehumanization.



Many of the measures that are taken in responding to the COVID pandemic are about protecting the healthcare system from collapsing and avoiding as many deaths as possible. In this scenario, that will continue even after the pandemic is under control. In many parts of the world, we will divest of individuality and individual freedom. Instead, our society will be based on statistics. Instead of individual people, we will talk about patients and subjects, and cohorts of herd immunity. Our world will focus more on protecting the collective, and less about individual freedom. Social unrest will flare up, and governments will look for ways to stop those, in various levels of repression. It will take it toll on people, people will experience feelings of helplessness and depression.



  • Increased polarization
  • Anonymized Anger/dissatisfaction
  • Reduction in communication
  • Unilateral actions
  • Rigid positions promoted
  • Inflammatory language in communications

Short-Term Impacts

  • Increase in societal divisions
  • Desensitization to effects
  • Self-preservation
  • Increased protests to pandemic rules
  • Championing of individual “rights” to justify the violation of rules

Long-Term Impacts

  • Strife leading to warfare
  • Increased stratification of society
  • Objectification of people
  • Tribalism
  • Denial of objective facts
  • Increased racism

Recommended Response

  • Less focus on differences
  • Promote inclusion / diversity
  • Personalize communications…
  • Provide stress relief…
  • Recognize varied opinions (no bad suggestions)

Just a reminder –

The entire report  is  available Top 10 Plausible Directions Resulting from COVID-19

A webinar on this topic could also be found here.

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Tags: continuous-foresight  covid-19  dehumanization  diversity  inclusion  racism  signals  trends  tribalism  

Marty Resnick
Sr Director Analyst
3 years at Gartner
20 years IT Industry

Marty Resnick is a Research Director on Gartner's Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation team based in Atlanta, GA (USA). Mr. Resnick's primary focus is on the role of the Enterprise Architect in the selection, recommendation and implementation of emerging technologies (e.g. virtual reality and augmented reality), as well as, the use of methodologies such as Agile and Design Thinking for use in ideation, innovation and achieving business outcomes. Read Full Bio

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