11. Pursue sustainability
Although those pictures of dolphins in Venice were fake, our willingness to believe them reflected the hope that lockdown might give ecosystems a break from the strains of human industry. As economies move beyond the crisis, the hope remains. In this article we break down the stats, and look at what eight key regions – China, Greece, Chile, Finland, Japan, Ireland, France and Italy – have begun doing to promote long-term sustainability. Read more: In the wake of a human crisis, do climate goals take a back seat?
12. Unleash innovation
Moments of crisis, while devastating and disruptive, can often inspire radical new solutions: necessity is, after all, the mother of invention. For instance, synthetic biology (synbio), which takes an engineering approach to cells and genetics, and aims to use genetic engineering tools to perform biological research. The urgency of COVID-19 has opened the door for this cutting-edge technology to demonstrate its value. It’s just one example of a new way of thinking that could radically change the world for the better. Read more: How the COVID-19 outbreak could provide synbio’s breakout moment
13. Reimagine the economy
In June, the World Bank forecast that global GP will shrink by 5.2% in 2020, making the post-pandemic recession far worse than the last financial crisis, which only led to a 1.8% drop in global GDP in 2009. Such a drastic impact offers a rare strategic opportunity for governments, financial institutions and businesses alike to rethink and reshape the future to rebuild economies that are more resilient, productive, equitable, collaborative and sustainable. We identified six key areas to focus on to build a better working world in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more: Will the road to recovery lead to an economy that’s revived or reimagined?