2020

China Created a Fail-Safe System to Track Contagions. It Failed.

Steven Lee Myers After SARS, Chinese health officials built an infectious disease reporting system to evade political meddling. But when the coronavirus emerged, so did fears of upsetting Beijing. The alarm system was ready. Scarred by the SARS epidemic that erupted in 2002, China had created an infectious disease reporting system that officials said was world-class: fast, thorough and, just […]

El mundo en hibernación busca salidas

Marc Bassets La triple conmoción por el coronavirus —sanitaria, económica y política— une a la humanidad bajo la misma amenaza pero la divide en las respuestas. El planeta, para un extraterrestre que aterrizase estos días, ofrecería una imagen extraña, entre apacible e inquietante. Más de un tercio de la humanidad está en casa, privada de la libertad de moverse, tan […]

«La crise économique liée au Covid-19: une épreuve de vérité pour les principes qui guident les dirigeants des grandes entreprises»

Alors que l’urgence sanitaire mondiale Covid-19 se poursuit, les retombées économiques se multiplient. La croissance économique mondiale s’est inversée, les entreprises ont commencé à annuler les services qu’elles assurent à leurs clients et des millions de personnes sont au chômage technique ou licenciées. Lire l’article

Economics in the Time of COVID-19

Edited by Richard Baldwin and Beatrice Weder di Mauro | CEPR Press COVID-19 is spreading human suffering worldwide; that is what we should all be focused on. But we are not doctors. We are economists – and COVID-19 is most definitely spreading economic suffering worldwide. The virus may in fact be as contagious economically as it is medically. Joining the OECD’s dire growth forecast […]

Three weeks of lockdown in Italy has given us vital perspective – and small comforts

Tobias Jones With scarce resources instilling a spirit of togetherness, Italians have quickly learned to cherish what we once took for granted. We’re about to enter our fourth week of lockdown in Italy, our sixth of home-schooling, and we’ve begun to glimpse minor positives. It’s as if we’re all at that stage of musical chairs when the music has stopped. […]

How our cities can reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic

Richard Florida and Steven Pedigo A ten-point preparedness plan for our communities As the dreaded coronavirus rips across the globe, city after city has locked down, transforming urban business centers, suburban malls, and other public spaces into ghost towns. This is not the first time this has happened—since time immemorial, cities have been epicenters of communicable diseases. Read more

Risk & Resilience Radar: Present

Based on news, publications and data-analysis in the governance triangle Public – Private – Civic Society, we collect our findings related to the question:  What are the needs and the perceived risks (short and long term) emerging from the crisis on this moment? Past <  •  > Future Top most mentioned needs by local public leaders, city managers, workers and advisors (28th […]

PRIMO launches FORTE™ Online for teams

In times when physical encounters are very limited or even forbidden, in times of the need to act, in times when qualitime and quality meet, it is useful that as a team you are able to quickly and adequately explore the steering power with regard to the issue of problem you are facing. Actor, value, and object are connected by […]

Climate and the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

Lisa Friedman The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday afternoon on a $2 trillion stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the provisions are a mixed bag for climate change. The measure does not include $3 billion for the government to buy oil and fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a provision sought by Republicans and President Trump. But it […]

Board Leadership and Performance in a Crisis

Jack “Rusty” O’Kelley III, Grace Cheng, Beatrice Ballini, Constantine Alexandrakis, Justus O’Brien, Laura Sanderson, Melissa Martin, PJ Neal, Todd Safferstone For board directors and chief executive officers. Every industry across the globe has faced a crisis at some point in time. While most large companies survive, many struggle for years following a period of severe adversity. Others prevail and become […]

Beyond coronavirus: The path to the next normal

Kevin Sneader and Shubham Singhal. The coronavirus is not only a health crisis of immense proportion—it’s also an imminent restructuring of the global economic order. Here’s how leaders can begin navigating to what’s next. “For some organizations, near-term survival is the only agenda item. Others are peering through the fog of uncertainty, thinking about how to position themselves once the […]

COVID-19: A Failure in Risk Management

Professor David Zaruk as Risk-Monger When a train crashes, authorities are on the scene to determine the cause. The COVID-19 coronavirus is fast becoming a global train wreck and unless we quickly assess the the mistakes leading up to this tragedy, more trains will pile into the station. The longer the Risk-Monger gets in the tooth, the more global mass panic events […]

The seven early lessons of the global coronavirus crisis

Ivan Krastev | NewStatesman These are strange days we are living in. We do not know when the Covid-19 pandemic will end; we do not know how it will end; and, at present, we can only speculate about its long-term political and economic impact. Historians are clear: epidemics are events, not trends. As the historian of medicine Charles Rosenberg has put […]

Corona and the local impact: what to do?

UDITE, Newsletter nr.4, 23 March 2020 Message du President UDITE, Mr. Paul Gatt For a short time now we have been living in a different world. A world where the Corona virus has created a health crisis with a major social and economic impact. Its effects will weigh heavily in the coming months. The care sector, with doctors and nurses […]

Most people see COVID-19 as an economic crisis first, health risk second, survey finds

Laura Oliver The public sees coronavirus as a greater threat to the economy than to their health, new research suggests. Economic rescue measures announced by governments do not appear to be calming concern. The Ipsos poll of 10,000 adults in 12 countries, conducted 12-14 March, suggests rising anxiety about personal financial exposure, including employment. The perception of threat to health increases […]

Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded

David E. Sanger, Eric Lipton, Eileen Sullivan and Michael Crowley Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done. The outbreak of the respiratory virus began in China and was quickly spread around the world by air travelers, who ran high fevers. In the United […]

Resilience in an infected society

Ton Wilthagen and Paulien Bongers Resilience is the ability to anticipate, recover, and return to normal. But, we are also capable of eventually becoming stronger and better as a society, even as a result of an exceptional crisis caused by the corona outbreak. In his already historic television speech on March 16, the Dutch Prime Minister Rutte outlined the far-reaching […]

Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges

Gemma D’Auria and Aaron De Smet The coronavirus pandemic has placed extraordinary demands on leaders in business and beyond. The humanitarian toll taken by COVID-19 creates fear among employees and other stakeholders. The massive scale of the outbreak and its sheer unpredictability make it challenging for executives to respond. Indeed, the outbreak has the hallmarks of a “landscape scale” crisis: […]

Visualizing the History of Pandemics

Nicholas LePan As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, though not every outbreak reaches pandemic level as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has. Today’s visualization outlines some of history’s most deadly pandemics, from the Antonine Plague to the current COVID-19 event. Read more

Your Company Is Too Risk-Averse

Dan Lovallo, Tim Koller, Robert Uhlaner and Daniel Kahneman In theory, companies are supposed to create value for stakeholders by making risky investments. And as long as no single failure will sink the enterprise, those investments may be quite large. It won’t matter if even a significant percentage of them fail so long as the success of other bets compensates, which usually […]

How To Use A Risk Matrix

Julian Talbot There are better tools for risk assessment than risk matrices But, contrary to some opinion, they are not without some utility. So if your organization still insists on using them, here are at least two basic issues that are easy to fix when using a risk matrix. The first is failing to identify the risk. You can’t calculate a […]