Reset Humanity.

Who is feeling the human connection (albeit digitally enabled) coming back?

In the last few weeks I have been speaking to many old contacts, clients, ex- colleagues, friends and extended family who I haven’t been in touch with in literally years. I have also been “virtually” meeting lots of brand new contacts.

I don’t want to make light of what is an extremely serious situation but not being able to rush about in our usual busy and blinkered way of life has presented an extraordinary opportunity for us to slow down and take stock of what’s really important, to appreciate what we have and pull together as a global community to help each other. In saying this we must give special thanks and recognition to the people on the front line who are still out there saving lives in the hospitals and emergency services or keeping people fed and making essential items and medicines available whether that’s in Retail, Pharmacy, Food Delivery, Cleaning & Sanitisation, Waste Disposal, Logistics and the end to end Supply Chain that makes everything possible.

I am very sorry for all the people who have so far fallen victim and succumbed to the COVID-19 virus as well as for their families. I wish for the swift recovery of those who are ill and I am sharing positive thoughts and best wishes for every one of us who will suffer and be impacted by this in so many ways.

I have to say if there was a reset button for our way of life it’s been pressed and maybe in the long run it’s going to be for the better.

In a time when we have to isolate ourselves from one another we are actually connecting as human beings.

How many of you have gotten to know your long-standing neighbours for the first time recently, or found yourself reconnecting with people from the past and making new connections and friendships.

Nature has just given us a stark reminder that humans don’t rule the world, we never have. We’ve been telling ourselves we’re improving and developing the world but we humans are mostly shortsighted and self destructive. We’re destructive in general.

You have to wonder if humanity is the virus and this virus is actually the cure.

A better world must come from this because a once in a generation disaster presents a once in a generation opportunity.

Stay safe and healthy we’re all in this together!

Author: Brian Cartwright

Brian Cartwright is Client Partner, Supply Chain and Logistics for Pedersen & Partners and is based in Dubai, UAE. He specialises in Supply Chain & Logistics-related functions for CxO, VP, and Director level in global, regional, and country level roles, working with service providers and end-user companies across the globe including large listed corporations, family-owned conglomerates, SMEs, and start-ups. Mr. Cartwright has over fifteen years of experience in Executive Search and Recruitment. During his career he has owned and managed successful businesses in the Middle East and Europe. He also runs the weekly online Supply Chain newsletter is a blogger at and a freelance writer for various Supply Chain and Logistics media outlets. Connect with him on LinkedIn

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