Crisis is awful and it has the potential to advance us at the same time.

CV19 HYPOTHESIS I: “We’re gonna make it, Rose.”

Raphael (Raff) Louis Vitón
7 min readApr 29, 2020
mixed movie metaphors — inspired by Dr. Bert Parlee

Sleeping through years of change and adapting very little is a consistent testament to the human spirit… so is doing some miraculously adaptive things during a crisis (when we have to) in order to “get through it alive.” During wartime tragedies, weather catastrophes, icebergs, unstoppable pandemics or any event with a titanic coefficient of adversity* (apocalyptic or not)… we see overnight ingenuity, remarkable resilience, elevated collective awareness, understanding and action.

When we really need to be unstoppable ourselves, we seem to find more than enough capacity for change already inside of us, individually and collectively. When we really need to up our game to meet a threat (e.g., perform at a higher level, cooperate at scale, martial our focus/energy/resources), we seem to have more than enough willpower and discipline already inside of us to close the previously un-closable, learning-doing gap.

Crisis is awful AND it has the potential to advance us at the same time.


During this CV19 crisis we’re hearing about organizational improvements — even org culture improvements. There seems to be a…



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