Plans to Reopen the World

Times Square

Politicians, pundits, and professionals are all doing their best to “tell us” what we should do and how we should do it. As you know, I believe in science, so I have been sheltering in place for more than a month (because I am lucky enough to have a choice).

However, my self-imposed, then government-suggested, then government-mandated sequestered lifestyle is not sustainable. Not because I’m “Bored In The House” (thx, Tyga), but because of the economic damage my new lifestyle is doing to the suppliers and vendors I used to patronize and to the establishments I used to frequent. Government relief money isn’t going to save these businesses (it’s too little too late); they need to be open for business.

We need to figure out how to reopen the world.

My readers are generally super-smart, vocal, opinionated and exceptionally thoughtful. So, you are the perfect group to help me answer the most important question of our day: “How should we reopen the world?”

I want to know:

    1) Under what conditions will you feel safe enough to interact with people who may be asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus or slightly symptomatic, but able to function in a workplace?
    2) If you were in charge, how would you orchestrate the reopening of the world?

Please fill in the form below and feel free to be as detailed as you like. It will let you answer anonymously if you so choose.

If you feel overwhelmed by these questions because you do not have enough data to calculate an answer, here’s a technique championed by Enrico Fermi you can use to help estimate your responses. I hope you and your family are safe and sound. -s


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Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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