Another dot in the blogosphere?


Posted on: February 27, 2021

I enjoyed the latest podcast episode of Build For Tomorrow (formerly Pessimists Archive). Its host, Jason Feifer, cited how some alcohol laws in the USA changed as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns.

TLDL (too long, didn’t listen)? The USA has strange state laws, like convenience stores only allowed to sell unchilled beer in Indiana, to deter consumption in transit. Such laws have been accepted as the norm and people do not question them.

But when the laws change, like how cocktails can now be ordered to-go to keep restaurants and bars operating during COVID-19 lockdowns, people wonder why the old laws even existed.

The lessons I drew from the episode were not new:

  1. You should take advantage of a negative to create positives. To promote e-learning, for example, you could cite the need for emergency learning during a disaster. These open the doors for nascent technologies and pedagogies.
  2. To elicit change, you could aim for small and decisive victories. These are not only more palatable to all, they boost the morale of change agents and might pave the way for more changes.

This way the “impossible” can become “it’s possible”.

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