Coronavirus should be a wake-up call for a nation in denial

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In times of crisis, our instinct is to close ranks. Venture capitalist Bradley Tusk explains why fighting coronavirus will require innovation—not isolation. If there’s one thing that’s clear from the coronavirus crisis, it’s that our place in the world is fragile. Disaster always lurks around the corner. Hopefully, our public health professionals will contain this novel coronavirus soon, and catastrophe will be averted. But even if we get lucky this time, globalization means that the next epidemic could still spread rapidly, creating the same problems and the same risks all over again. Building a wall won’t keep out a virus. Read Full Story

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4 ways to reboot the economy that fix the climate at the same time

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“This provides an almost historic opportunity to emphasize low-carbon industry and infrastructure.” With the COVID-19 pandemic driving the economy toward another recession , policymakers are looking for ways to revitalize the workforce and our financial system. But as they think about how to rebuild the economy, and what our future looks like post-coronavirus crisis, it’s crucial to take steps that simultaneously prioritize our climate goals. Read Full Story

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4 ways to be a resilient leader during the coronavirus crisis

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A top executive coach says the best leaders recognize the harsh realities of the day and inspire people to believe we can power through the crisis. There have been few times in our history that have demanded as much from our leaders as the coronavirus pandemic. One of the top qualities we need is resiliency—the ability to recognize the harsh realities of the day and inspire people to believe we can power through the crisis, and take action to do so. Read Full Story

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The 8 richest Americans just made $6.2 billion in a single day

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, more than 33 million Americans have lost their jobs, but the stock market’s latest boom is creating a lot of wealth for people at the top. Unemployment in the United States is now at a record high as the coronavirus pandemic continues. At the same time, the stock market is up from its lows at the start of the crisis, and so people who own a lot of stock are feeling the opposite effect: They’re making a lot of money. In just one day, the eight richest men in America have seen their wealth increase by a combined $6.2 billion, for a total of $653.8 billion. Read Full Story

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3 lessons about leading when people are afraid

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The coronavirus crisis is a time for calm, confident leaders to really step up. Steady hands can build the confidence needed to ride out the storm. Right now, there are more people who are afraid than not. It’s a fear driven by uncertainty magnified by the fact that our authority figures—the ones we look to in times like this—don’t seem to have all the answers and consistently contradict one another. That doesn’t lend itself to a calm. Read Full Story

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Art matters more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis

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In this time of crisis and isolation, the role of art becomes more central to our lives, whether we realize it or not. People are dying, critical resources are stretched, and the very essence of our freedom is shrinking—and yet we are moved inward, to the vast inner space of our thoughts and imagination, a place we have perhaps neglected. Of all the necessities we now feel so keenly aware of, the arts and their contribution to our well-being is evident and, in some ways, central to coronavirus confinement for those of us locked in at home. For some, there are more pressing needs. But momentary joys, even in dire circumstances, often come through the arts and collective expression. Read Full Story

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5 ways to stay emotionally healthy while self-isolating

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Being cooped up with your loved ones during the coronavirus crisis creates a whole new set of stressors. Here’s how to get through it. We are all aware of the need to socially distance and isolate ourselves during the COVID-19 crisis. For many, that means having to spend time with family and people we normally get time away from for extended periods. It’s a situation that is taxing our already extended coping abilities. The uncertainty of how long this will last is not helping. While for some families, the time together will be welcomed, for others, the stress may become an extra unbearable burden. There are things we can do, however that will help us through these trying times. Read Full Story

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We need to flatten the connectivity curve if we want to keep stable internet access during the coronavirus crisis

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Want to keep enjoying internet access while you’re stuck at home? Then we need to #flattentheconnectivitycurve. By now we’ve all heard the term “flatten the curve.” The term describes the need to reduce rapid infection of the coronavirus, which would result in a large spike in infections overwhelming the healthcare sector. If we can flatten that spike, or curve, in infection rates and instead spread out the infections over a longer time period, that keeps the stress on our healthcare systems manageable and allows them to keep operating. Read Full Story

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