It's been one year since Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, sending most of us inside, and upending our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined.

On this sobering anniversary, Bay Staters are pausing to reflect on how living with COVID changed them. Universities and archivists are already curating last year’s memories and memorabilia for history, but how do experts who study the future assess how our lives have been changed? What will our world look like in the days and years post-pandemic?

The experts who study what’s to come are called futurists. These professionals look forward, weighing the immediate and long-term impact of everyday events and huge crises, like COVID 19.

Erica Orange - executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Future Hunters – based in New York.
Alison Sander - director of Boston Consulting Group’s Center for Sensing & Mining the Future.