Humans are social animals – as Aristotle proclaimed more than 2,000 years ago. A statement that is being confirmed by neurologists time and again in recent years. We need other people to strive and to survive. But what happens, when a pandemic like COVID-19 disrupts our way of living together?
In June 2020, 7 members of the Bosch Alumni Network started the podcast series Record of Change to find out more and to focus on the under-reported flipside whilst the common narrative around the pandemic was and still is one of social distancing. They talked to 8 people with vastly differing backgrounds and re-visit them twice again, culminating in 3 seasons of 8 highly personal episodes. They take us on a journey across the globe and show us how the same virus affects different people. And they find a renewed sense of togetherness:
"We are in this together and together we should find solutions. Thus, I hope for fostering broader understandings,” says Matthias Jochmann on occasion of rounding up season 1 with a special behind-the-scenes episode available at https://recordofchange.com.
We are happy to share insights and hopes this project created as reported by Matthias in our interview. Questions and topics are for example:
You set out to research how a pandemic (Corona) twists 8 lives around the world. What did you find out? How does it twist these lives?
The pandemic caused so many missed dreams for the interviewees: work layoffs, economic breakdowns, postponement of jobs, new relationships strained, and major life events canceled or put on hold. What you also see is 8 people thriving and finding what new opportunities lie within the pandemic, including new approaches, strategies, and outlooks on life. So, while their lives were flipped upside-down because of the coronavirus outbreak, their stories each show their individual strengths and their perseverance through the challenges at hand. Their stories also show that yes, we are all in this together, but still the inequities are big and privileges are shared unfairly.
What did you personally learn from producing this podcast?
What became evident was that despite the unique environments and circumstances of our interviewees there are so many universals that unite us, showing our common experiences with the coronavirus. We have not experienced a shared experience to this scale in recent history, so hearing stories from different parts of the world can highlight our common experiences, wants, and challenges, while giving us a peek into distinct regional circumstances and approaches.
The whole interview is available at iac-berlin.org.
Find here all episodes of Record of Change.