Will we settle for just beating the virus, or will we build a better world?

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Having experienced the social and economic trauma of this crisis, we should decide not to tempt our fate any further. The deep social and economic impacts of COVID-19 will be felt long after we emerge from the health crisis. The question is how we will emerge: having “only” vanquished a virus pandemic or having used the financial restart measures to also significantly advance on the synchronous climate change emergency, having created a new social and environmental contract that meets the Sustainable Development Goals. Will we dangerously return to policies, technologies, business processes, and behaviors of the past, or will we derive valuable lessons for clean long-term growth and social inclusion, making us better equipped to take the other crises in our stride? Read Full Story

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The pitchforks are coming if we don’t reform capitalism, says Davos founder

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Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, says that if you don’t want a revolution, it’s time to use the government to more strongly regulate businesses, address climate change, and fix income inequality. We need a fundamental change to capitalism post COVID-19—one that takes into account social, natural, and human capital, rather than just financial gain—or else economic inequalities will worsen, environmental degradation will continue, and change will come anyway through violent force. That may sound like a radical position, but now it’s coming from the mouth of Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. Read Full Story

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MoMA curator Paola Antonelli on the defining designs of 2020

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“Crises are like spark plugs for innovation.” This year has seen a coalescing of crises unlike we’ve seen in recent memory. The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic collapse tested lives, hospital systems, and livelihoods. It has restructured the way we work, where we live, and the way cities operate. Then the end of May, after the death of George Floyd, a movement for racial justice spread across the United States—while the pandemic remained very much present. With the world at an inflection point, design’s ability to reenvision a world in crisis mode was put to the ultimate test. Read Full Story

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Digital channel performance: Evangelizing and communicating with the C-Suite

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30-second summary: Consumers are experiencing a blurring of lines between working and personal worlds. The accelerated shift to digital has crystalized its importance exponentially. This has captured the attention of C-suites in a way never seen before. Marketers need to fuel the C-suite with more digital insights to showcase the value of each digital channel. Marketers need to become the voice of the consumer in the boardroom. Characterized by continuing crises on every front from leadership to environmental to economic and of course health, 2020 was a year that reinforced the importance of digital worldwide. We saw transformation in even the most established (some might say resistant to change) industries. As so many consumers experienced the blurring of lines between their working and personal worlds, they are finding cause to reevaluate their own digital lives. This incredible shift in consumer behavior has captured the attention of the C-suite in a …

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