A review of Dieter Brockmeyer’s book Pandemia’s Box

by Kirtan Bhana

27 February 2021

What has happened? What is happening? What is going to happen?

Dieter Brockmeyer’s book Pandemia’s Box is a must read and seems to be headed to becoming a bestseller. The author has found the perfect time to release his work and has metaphorically titled It to describe the pandemonium that the Covid 19 virus has unleashed on humanity and our sense of being. The opening of the proverbial Pandora’s Box has burst a bubble with a big bang.

Brockmeyer, in his affable writing style, examines the fallout, removes the veneers and presents a pragmatic overview of the situation and conditions and explains that wholistic, innovative and real solutions are required. He acknowledges that the book was not written to provide ‘silver bullets’ to the problems but he does reflect an optimistic perception that through trial and error, new inventions and innovations will lead to a new order of things in the world.

He uses the premise of the needs of the planet and societies, improving the quality of life and how commercial and business models can be changed and sustained. Hence his deep dive into describing and articulating the meaning of innovation and his cheeky take on a term he coined ‘wholistic’ as opposed to holistic.

The book is well researched and draws on the author’s extensive experience in media directly involved in the innovations and sweeping changes that occurred within the industry and as it struggles to stay relevant through the impact of this Pandemic. Brockmeyer also draws from a myriad of interviews, reviews, events and the expertise that he has access to through his network.

Terminology like ‘digital slave', 'degrowth', 'deglobalisation' and 'delabourisation' are becoming common in the post Covid scenario which Brockmeyer explains in this publication. The chapter on Diplomacy will intrigue international relations practitioners as they grapple with physical distancing, as face to face interactions and people to people exchanges become constrained. ‘Human Diplomacy’ and the need to build trust in human relations also receive considered attention.

The book has been released timeously and its relevance will remain. Its pro-active outlook does not spell doom and gloom but inspires and generates excitement for what the future may hold.