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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…

Coronavirus: how the pharma industry is changing to produce a vaccine on time

Beatrice Melinek, UCL and Stephen Morris, UCL To bring COVID-19 under control a vaccine needs to be available to every nation, rich and poor – and it needs to happen quickly. But pharmaceutical breakthroughs are usually the result a slow process involving competition, secrecy, risky investments and extensive trials. Changing any big industry to speed…

There are no winners in US-China technology divide

Jonathan D. Pollack – Brookings TikTok and WeChat, two hugely successful Chinese social media applications that have gained global popularity, abruptly find their access to the U.S. consumer market at risk. In August, President Donald Trump ordered TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to sell its product to a U.S. company within 90 days. He simultaneously banned Tencent, the…