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Coronavirus: Is the cure worse than the disease? The most divisive question of 2020

Danny Dorling, University of Oxford In 1968, at the height of the last great influenza pandemic, at least a million people worldwide died, including 100,000 Americans. That year A.M.M. Payne, a professor of epidemiology at Yale University, wrote: In the conquest of Mount Everest anything less than 100% success is failure, but in most communicable…

A Conversation with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Vikas Shah MBE – ThoughtEconomics David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he oversees the agency’s humanitarian relief operations in more than 40 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in over 20 United States cities. In 2019 alone, the IRC provided 1,474,900 children with schooling and education opportunities, provided 1,756,000 people with clean…

Education’s role in building back better for the planet

Christina Kwauk – Brookings The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that we live in a socio-ecological system in which our human systems are deeply interconnected with our natural systems. Yet our education systems do not educate us to recognize, respect, or nurture this interdependency. The zoonotic nature of the coronavirus has exposed how human-caused environmental degradation…

China’s expanding influence at the United Nations — and how the United States should react

Jeffrey Feltman – Brookings China’s growing influence inside the United Nations is inevitable, stemming from President Xi Jinping’s more assertive foreign policy and the fact that China’s assessed contributions to the world body are now second only to those of the United States. Traditionally focused on the U.N.’s development activities, China now flexes its muscles…

AI-bank of the future: Can banks meet the AI challenge?

Suparna Biswas, Brant Carson, Violet Chung, Shwaitang Singh, and Renny Thomas – McKinsey & Company Artificial intelligence technologies are increasingly integral to the world we live in, and banks need to deploy these technologies at scale to remain relevant. Success requires a holistic transformation spanning multiple layers of the organization. In 2016, AlphaGo, a machine, defeated 18-time world champion…

Five COVID-19 aftershocks reshaping mobility’s future

This article is a collaboration by members of the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility, including Martin Hattrup-Silberberg, Saskia Hausler, Kersten Heineke, Nicholas Laverty, Timo Möller, Dennis Schwedhelm, and Ting Wu – McKinsey & Company The pandemic will change the face of mobility, both now and when the crisis ends. COVID-19 has swept the globe in a matter of months,…

Why quality matters more than quantity

Andrew Miligan – Jackson Hole Economics Over millennia wise men and women have remarked on the importance of quality to the good life. “It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity” (Mahatma Ghandi), “It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters” (Seneca) or “The happiness of…

Normalizing Sudan-Israel relations now is a dangerous game

Payton Knopf and Jeffrey Feltman – Brookings Editor’s Note: A unified Sudanese government with a popular mandate would be better able to forge a sustainable peace with Israel, write Payton Knopf and Jeffrey Feltman, whereas a rushed Israeli-Sudanese agreement could unravel Sudan’s transition. This piece was originally published by the United States Institute of Peace. With the…