The COVID-19 pandemic may not have shattered the foundations of the world order, but it has fundamentally changed the way we think, work, and live – and the emerging “new normal” does not seem normal at all. Every other week, Maciej Kuziemski discusses a crucial dimension of the “new postnormal” with a leading expert or thinker, to discover ways we can build back better.
Imprisoned by the Infosphere | Peter Pomerantsev
Democracy relies not only on institutions, but also on discourse. Yet, far from fulfilling its promise to deepen and broaden discourse, the internet has narrowed and distorted it, thereby severing the link between expression and emancipation.
The Politics of Urgency and Inevitability | Ivan Krastev
As young people demand urgent and radical action to confront climate change, rapid population aging is fueling a growing sense of powerlessness, and even apathy, in many countries. Can these conflicting tendencies be reconciled before it is too late?
The Gig Economy 2.0 | Jessica Bruder
The "gig economy" has been gaining steam for years now, raising concerns that workers are being left increasingly insecure and unprotected. But the pandemic has sent this trend – with all its associated risks – into overdrive.
What Is Missing from the Inequality Debate | Peter Singer
The COVID-19 pandemic has often been portrayed as a seismic shock, which promises to transform the way we think about economic and social well-being. In fact, it is unlikely to spur the shift the world needs toward a politics that accounts for the needs of all, including future generations and other species.
Post-Normal Policymaking | Silvio O. Funtowicz
Political decision-making is challenging enough in the best of times. When the facts are uncertain, values are in dispute, stakes are high, and decisions are urgent – as is so often the case today – getting things right is all the more difficult. But post-normal science can help.
Rage Against Productivity | Jenny Odell
In a world of push notifications, targeted advertising, and 24/7 connectivity – a world where virtually every moment is supposed to be productive and profitable – doing nothing can feel both impossible and like a moral failing. In fact, it is essential not only to individual well-being, but also to societal health and economic sustainability.