Friday, June 5, 2020

The ability to adapt to change

Famous physicist, Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) once said, "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."

In a pandemic situation like now we need this type of intelligence, which is adapted intelligence.

Adaptable intelligence, namely personal and communal abilities to respond to crises by grounding in their ability to survive, exist, and get through the crisis.

Everyone needs that intelligence. Each of us must be able to adapt to ourselves and the changing environment without us knowing. The community must also be able to deal with these changes.

Who survives is the one who adapts. So, now we all have to adapt as best we can in order to become winners of a global pandemic that quite disturbs the existing order.

It could be that there is an old order that has changed, and that is a necessity. Our task will be how to take advantage of this crisis by staying healthy, strong, having a long vision, and collaborating for the sake of progress together.

One time, I attended a "Understanding Blockchain" discussion by a practitioner in Israel. He tells the story of the development of the world that leads to all-digital, including in how we treat money.

This topic is like "aura of mystery" and science-fiction about it. But, it is important for all of us, regardless of the field of work, to at least understand its basic structure, principles, and applications because blockchain will be part of our future. I am very agree.

In a pandemic like now, people are starting to be careful about printing money because of the concern that the corona virus will stick to the money. So, the trend of money transfer via online is a necessity.

Discussion about this also leads us to the idea of digital money. Right now we are already going there when we use go-jek, grab, and so on. In the future it looks like we will also go there.

So what should we do? One word, adaptation.

YANUARDI SYUKUR, President of Rumah Produktif Indonesia, Assistant Professor at Department of Anthropology Universitas Khairun, Ternate and PhD candidate at Department of Antropologi UI.

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