Weekly Recommendations July 13
Read: In the months since Covid-19 emerged, it’s become clear that society won’t go back to normal any time soon—if ever. Politico Magazinesurveyed designers, architects, doctors and more, asking what they would do to redesign the world. Here’s what they said 👇
Reset the Sustainable Development Goals for a pandemic world: Two-thirds of the 169 targets are either under threat as a result of this pandemic or not well-placed to mitigate its impacts. Some might even amplify problems. Ten per cent of the SDG targets could worsen the impacts of future pandemics. [from the journal Nature]
Watch: The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution hosted a webcast discussing how public policy initiatives can spur the innovations that lead to long-term economic growth and productivity. The event featured framing remarks by Paul Romer, followed by a panel discussion including Lisa D. Cook of Michigan State University, John Van Reenen of MIT Sloan School of Management, and Heidi Williams of Stanford University.
Listen: Author Margaret Heffernan asks whether the current pandemic might be the moment we are forced to rediscover our ability to think long term. Some really interesting institutional experiments are underway to force long-term thinking e.g. the Government of Wales Commissioner for Future Generations. Unilever increased share-value by 300% by undertaking long-term thinking. Among those taking part: Paul Polman (Co-founder of Imagine and former CEO of Unilever), General Sir Nick Carter (Chief of the Defense Staff), Lord Gus O'Donnell (former head of the Civil Service), Chris Llewellyn Smith (former Director General of CERN), and Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales).
This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea [from NPR]