The future of innovation in a country after COVID-19, a survey for the Netherlands

The Corona pandemic is the biggest crisis since World War II. Its impact is massive, not just in health care, but also socially, financially, and economically. At the same time, the pandemic exposes emerging cracks in the fabric of society. We define differences between ourselves and others more readily and assertively. People are more outspoken than ever, and social media has given a platform to just about every opinion. Patience and empathy have less and less of a place in the public discourse.

Before this crisis, issues like climate change, sustainability, and poverty reduction were regular subjects of social and political debate. Now, these conversations have faded into the background. We cannot afford that. Although we are still in the middle of the crisis, there will soon be a Netherlands post-Corona – or a world that has learned to live with the virus. Then, we will encounter the same challenges that are now being shelved. Also, the pandemic has exposed the urgency of some of society’s underlying ailments. Where poverty reigns, Covid-19 strikes harder. Where little has been invested in healthy working and living conditions, the virus is more persistent.

With this survey, we try to determine what expectations and opinions people have about the Netherlands in a post-Corona world. By analyzing these and determining the differences and similarities, we can start with formulating a widely supported direction for the future. If there is one good thing about the pandemic, COVID-19 has shown that innovation and rapid and systemic change when push comes to shove is indeed possible. If there are sufficient support and urgency, we can learn and transform quickly.

This survey is aimed only at people living or working in the Netherlands over a significant period of time.