A new year brings an opportunity to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. But when ‘unprecedented’ has become the new normal, what can we expect for the year ahead of us? Is it even worth guessing at what awaits us down the pike?
One thing we know is that in many ways, the world has been irreversibly changed. And yet, many of the challenges we’re facing have remained the same – we simply have new opportunities and new contexts in which to take on these challenges.
- The world is volatile, with climate disasters, shortages, and disruptions to markets impacting supply chains across the globe. We need to rethink logistics completely and build resilience into the way we work from top to bottom.
- The world needs capital, with a massive gap in the funding required to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and finance the climate commitments made at COP26. We need blended finance to bring more mainstream players into the impact investment market and an influx of private funds.
- The world is more remote than ever, with scattered teams and increased anxieties across the workforce. We need employers to shift their focus to ensure that they are getting to know their people, supporting them, putting mental health first, and meeting employees where they are.
- The world is going increasingly digital, and tele-healthcare is on track to pave the way for improved health IT, and electronic health records, data, and systems, revolutionising the way patients interact with their care providers and how providers interact with each other.
We don’t have a crystal ball for the next twelve months, but if the past twelve months have taught us anything, it’s the importance of resilience in the face of rapid change.
The articles in this report lay out our Palladium experts’ hopes for 2022 and how we can continue to create positive impact despite unprecedented circumstances. If you find something in these pages that resonates with you, I welcome you to get in touch.
All the best,
Director of Communications