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In a crisis, what was once unthinkable can suddenly become inevitable. We’re in the middle of the biggest societal shakeup since the second world war. And neoliberalism is gasping its last breath. So from higher taxes for the wealthy to more robust government, the time has come for ideas that seemed impossible just months ago.
Desperate to control the spread of the coronavirus and lift restrictions, governments around the world are turning to technology. We list the six most important technologies being used and explore the risks and limitations of each. We still need your help to get the global picture.
‘Workplace happiness’ is an elaborate charade. The reality is that for billions of people across the world, work is a tightrope walk between indignity and survival. Here are seven ways we can rid ourselves of our obsession with happiness at work and focus on humanity instead.
Insects do all the dirty work. They process faeces and decompose corpses. Plus they pollinate flowers. In spite of this, their image sucks. We need to change that. Because a dramatic decline in invertebrates threatens the liveability of this green planet.
Keep a distance from each other. Work from home. Or rely on a social safety net. The measures against the coronavirus pandemic are made by and for those parts of the world that can afford to retreat in individualism. But for millions of people in cities like Lagos, Nigeria, there’s no such thing as socially distancing yourself.
Mainstream economics still thinks growth is essential, but this blind belief in GDP is just enriching the rich and killing the planet. We don’t need more growth to improve people’s lives. By working less, buying and producing less, and investing in public services, we can improve quality of life – and fight the climate crisis.
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