Eli Diament’s company has recently released a comprehensive report on how the current pandemic has affected business, including  a summary of findings from their national survey of Americans, executives, business owners and business decision makers.

Azurite Consulting recently surveyed 3,500 Americans , in partnership with –  to capture a unique view of COVID-19’s impact on spending, hiring and business decision making. This is the second survey in a longitudinal study, capturing the granular impacts of Covid-19 and paths forward. We plan to continue the study, with the next ‘data point’ survey in Q3, 2020. The original research is available here.

This article highlights a subset of the major research findings, but is only a portion of the total findings.


The contents of the report include:


  • Business Outlook:  Slow L-Shaped recovery
  • Permanent Layoffs: Fewer Employees Will be Hired Back
  • Business Cutting Expense: Projected to Continue Through 2020
  • Digital Tools: Their Impact on Jobs and Work-Life Balance
  • Working From Home:  Is it Permanent?
  • People & Business Geographic Migration
  • Returning to the Office and School
  • Daily Activities: How Long Will People Wait to Return?
  • Changes in Spending & Time: Millennials Driving Spend
  • Returning to Daily Activities: Broken Out by Activity Type


Download the full report, Impact of Covid-19 On Business Decision Making, Spending & Recovery – JULY 2020, from the Azurite Consulting website. 



Odin Muhlenbein shares a report that is the collaborative effort of funders, intermediaries, and systems change leaders who have identified why current practices in the social sector funding community need to evolve to support systems change leaders. 

As we stand on the threshold of an epochal decade, we are confronted with an urgent need

to find, fund, and support transformative solutions at a far greater pace than ever. To that

end, Ashoka and McKinsey invited additional partners to join their annual collaboration to

co-create a shared perspective: Catalyst 2030, Co-Impact, Echoing Green, the Schwab

Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll Foundation, and SYSTEMIQ. Together, we

seek to reflect on the sector’s insights to the question: how do we get better at funding and

supporting systems change?


This report is the product of a collaboration between three groups that have mostly

addressed the topic individually: funders and intermediaries in the social sector and the

systems change leaders they aim to support. As a group of publishing partners, we are

united in the conviction that solving the most complex challenges humankind faces today

requires both a systems change approach and collaborative action by all stakeholders.

We further believe that many funders, including those contributing to this report, need to

evolve their funding practices to better support and accelerate the corresponding efforts of

practitioners in collective systems change efforts.


With this report, we aim to reach those in the funding community who want to evolve their

current model to invest in systems change approaches. The ideas we propose are not

absolute truths; rather, they are the first few steps in our own collective journey to learn

about and embrace funding practices that are aligned with systems change. They build on a

broad foundation of existing literature on the concept of systems change and how it can be

supported, as well as the lived experiences of more than 200 individuals who contributed to

this report.


Included in this report:


  • The case for funding systems change
  • Five principles for funding systems change
    • Embrace a systems mindset
    • Support evolving paths to systems change
    • Work in true partnership
    • Prepare for long-term engagement
    • Collaborate with other stakeholders


Download the full report, Embracing Complexity. Towards a Shared Understanding of Funding Systems Change, on the Ashoka website.