Preparing Your Mind for Uncertain Times

Authors: Eric Weiner
The Atlantic, August 25, 2020

“This is a time of questions without answers. Will I get infected? When will there be a vaccine? Is my job secure? When will life be normal again? The experts may have guesses, or estimates, for some of these quandaries but there is no certainty, and this drives us nuts.”

Resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our futures

Authors: Marga Gual Soler, Komal Dadlani
World Economic Forum, August 13, 2020

“COVID-19 has forced more than 1 billion students and youth out of school, triggering the world’s biggest educational technology (edtech) implementation in history, almost overnight. Schools and universities are scrambling to redesign their teaching and learning to allow for students of all ages to study from home. While this raises huge practical and logistic issues for students, teachers and parents (especially women), it opens up a world of opportunities to reimagine what learning looks like in the 21st century. “

Modern Business Models Will Drive the Post Pandemic World

Authors: Lanham Napier, Jim Curry, Barry Libert, and K.D. de Vries
MITSloan Management Review, August 17, 2020

“To remain relevant and resilient, companies and leaders must strive to build business models using three key components for growth.”

The state of AI-driven transformation

Authors: Joerg Niessing
Insead Knowledge, August 10, 2020

“Over the past decade, digital transformation has been changing and re-inventing the way organisations conduct business. Essentially, it is the process of leveraging digital technology to create new or modify existing customer experiences as well as business culture and processes, to meet changing customer and market needs”

Transformational Capacity Building

Authors: April Nishimura, Roshni Sampath, Vu Le, Anbar Mahar Sheikh & Ananda Valenzuela
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall, 2020

“Nonprofits that serve communities of color struggle to survive because of systemic racial disparities and biases. To surmount these challenges, we recommend seven approaches that have emerged from our work with these communities.”

A moral licence for AI

Authors: Peter Evans-Greenwood, Rob Hanson, Sophie Goodman, Dennis Gentilin
Deloitte, August 8, 2020

“The concept of social license to operate, where a firm openly works with the communities that will be affected by its actions to gain their trust and acceptance, offers an approach for crafting AI solutions that are acceptable to stakeholders.”

The Need for Debt for Climate Swaps

Authors: Shamshad Akhtar, Kevin P. Gallagher, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Jörg Haas, and Ulrich Volz
Project syndacate, August 17, 2020

“With developing countries facing a debt crisis that will only get worse as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is already inevitable that massive debt relief will be necessary. The only question is whether it will be designed to address the even larger climate crisis that is approaching.”

How Leaders Can Regain Trust in Untrusting Times

Authors: Gregory P. Shea
Knowledge@Wharton, August 18, 2020

“Google employees protest an attempt to silence their activism. Facebook employees stage a virtual walkout. Amazon employees protest over workplace safety, and a company vice president resigns over their firings. Employees at Target and Walmart protest as well. Print and broadcast media struggle with various policies, and prominent journalists resign at the The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times. The Washington Post reports on research findings that the COVID-19 pandemic will undermine trust in government for decades.”

Does Technology Increase the Problem of Racism and Discrimination?

Authors: Lizzette B. Pérez Arbesú,
TechTarget, August 17, 2020

“According to a publication from the MIT Technology Review, technology promotes racism. Most facial recognition algorithms discriminate against the Black population. And even certain concepts or technological terminology tend to be offensive, highlighting “white supremacy.”

Global politics from the view of the political-economy dilemma

Authors: Joshua Aizenman, Hiro Ito
VozEu.org, August 7, 2020

“The political-economy trilemma, introduced by Dani Rodrik (2000), asserts that the three policy goals of national sovereignty, democracy, and globalisation, cannot all be achieved to the full extent simultaneously. This column investigates this trilemma by developing indexes that measure the extent of attainment of the three factors during 1975-2016. It finds that there is a linear relationship between globalisation and national sovereignty (i.e. a dilemma) for industrialised countries, while all three indexes are linearly correlated (i.e. a trilemma) for developing countries.”

Sustaining Productivity in a Wirtual World

Authors: Nele Van Buggenhout, Soraya Murat, and Tom de Sousa
Strategy+Business, August 24, 2020

“Maintaining productivity levels among remote employees is an enduring challenge. Here are five ways to help people and businesses thrive in the post-pandemic world of work.”

Four questions to ask before you plan your next meeting

Authors: Elisabeth Doty
Strategy+Business, August 13, 2020

Zoom fatigue has become an office buzzword, and with good reason. Video conference calls (on Zoom, Google Meets, or various other platforms) with groups big and small, for 10 hours a day, with few breaks in between — it’s exhausting. And then there’s the video cocktail hour with friends or coworkers to cap off the day.”

Why 2020 will see the birth of the “trust economy”

Authors: Bianca Ghose
World Economic Forum, August 13, 2020

“When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, we will see not just the human and economic loss inflicted by the virus, but an important gain – a growing global awareness of the value of trust”

Ten Innovations in the Fight against Covid-19

Authors: Rachel Jones
Raconteur, August 24, 2020

“Around the world, organisations are deploying tried-and-tested technologies and developing new ones to accelerate healthcare innovation and fight the coronavirus. From revolutionary CRISPR techniques to 3D printing of personal protective equipment, here are ten of the most exciting examples”