How the Pandemic Is Changing Shopping
May 21, 2020 | The Washington Post
Across the country, stores are reopening to a changed reality. Retailers that have spent years trying to get customers to linger, in hopes they’ll buy more than they need, are reimagining their stores for a grab-and-go future filled with deliberate purchases. Gone, they say, are the days of trying on makeup or playing with toys in the aisles. The focus now is on making shopping faster, easier and safer to accommodate long-term shifts in consumer expectations and habits. Read more
A Commencement Address Too
Honest to Deliver in Person
May 18, 2020 | David Brooks in the Atlantic
Editor's Note: This article is part of a series of commencement addresses commissioned by The Atlantic for students who will not be able to attend their graduations because of the pandemic. Find the collection here.
I couldn’t say these things during a traditional ceremony, but these aren’t traditional times.
You bastards stood me up! You invited me to give this commencement address months ago. You never told me it was canceled. So I drove across the country, got up early this morning, put this scratchy graduation gown over my Ramones T-shirt, and now I find myself standing in an empty stadium with a Very Important Speech in my hands! Read more
How Cities Thrive Post-Covid:
Building Communities People Want
to Live In
May 20, 2020 | Knight Foundation press release
Cities face an uncertain future in the wake of Covid-19. Some predict a new wave of urban flight as public health, employment and affordability challenges intersect with an upsurge in remote work and connectivity that allows for more mobility. A recent Harris poll revealed that 39% of city-dwellers are currently considering moving to a less dense community. Others say the crisis will spur a reimagination of social infrastructure and urban life together as innovative leaders start to look ahead, become more nimble and revisit city plans to build back better, more resilient communities.
As the pandemic causes us to evaluate where and how we live, understanding what connects people to place is more important than ever. But what exactly generates a real attachment to the community over the long term? What provides the stickiness or emotional and practical commitment to stay rooted in a community over time?
A landmark Knight Foundation report produced by Urban Institute surveyed over 11,000 Americans to explore this very topic, developing a rich and authoritative dataset on what drives community attachment across a diverse set of metro areas and demographic groups.
‘Building Back Better’ – Here’s
How We Can Navigate the
Risks We Face After COVID-19
May 20, 2020 | World Economic Forum
A new World Economic Forum report looks at the risks, challenges and opportunities the world is facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A prolonged global recession tops the list of most feared risks, replacing long-term risks like climate change as key business threats.
As a perfect storm of health and economic crises leaves the world navigating uncertain times, a new report casts light on what lies ahead.
The World Economic Forum’s COVID-19 Risks Outlook: A Preliminary Mapping and Its Implications
looks at what the coronavirus pandemic means for the world based on the views and analysis of 350 senior risk professionals.Read more
Families Can Be Less Frenzied
May 20, 2020 | Kerry Grannis
Post-pandemic, will we be able to preserve some of the slower pace we’re currently enjoying, or will we quickly return the old frenzy? My family is fortunate enough to live in an area with access to a multitude of activities that speak to our three teenagers’ varied interests, and to have the resources to afford many of them. But since March: no extracurriculars, no lessons, no practices, no recitals, no games or meets. While staying home for several months has had its challenges, the sudden absence of these enrichment activities has been…enriching. Read more
‘Age Is a Sloppy Proxy’: Older
Adults Push Back on Idea
That Staying Safe From
Coronavirus Means Staying
May 19, 2020 | San Francisco Chronicle
Ever since the novel coronavirus began to spread widely in the United States, there’s been a lot of talk about grandma and grandpa. But, as many cities and states move to reopen, experts and older adults say age shouldn’t be the only consideration when deciding who leaves home or returns to work. The broad range of “65 years and older” doesn’t differentiate between those who are healthy and fully self-sufficient and the very vulnerable — those with pre-existing conditions and those who live or work in group housing situations. Moreover, it exacerbates existing tensions between generations: OK Boomer vs. Avocado Toaster. Read more
Opinion: A Lesson From the
AIDS Crisis for Dealing With
May 20, 2020 | By Ruth Finkelstein in City Limits
A new disease is cropping up in clusters around the world and rapidly killing thousands. It’s contagious, but affects different groups of people differently. Cities are especially hard hit. In the U.S., the federal government fumbles badly; at first denying the severity of the pandemic, then dithering on its response, and failing to heed the recommendations of public health experts or to invest resources wisely.
Sound familiar? For those who remember the early days of HIV/AIDS, today’s crisis has an eerie echo. Despite important epidemiological differences between COVID-19 and HIV, lessons learned and strategies developed during the HIV epidemic can help us develop policies to combat COVID-19. Read more
Covid-19 Offers a Chance to
Build a Better World.
We Must Seize It.
May 17, 2020 | By Jamie Metzl in CNN
The coronavirus alone didn't itself break our world. It just exposed a world that was already breaking. With our health infrastructures, economies, governments and global power structures collapsing and with billions of people around the world, including the most vulnerable, at risk, we find ourselves at a transitional moment for our planet. The last time we experienced something like this was in the early years of World War II. When our world collapsed in the 1930s and '40s, however, we had leaders like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill putting forward a vision of the better world they hoped to build when the war was won. Our best strategy was to follow them to victory. In the absence of equivalent leadership today, regular people from across the globe must come together to lead ourselves out of the current darkness. This process must begin with an honest understanding of the core problem we are facing.Read more
Future and Current Fiscal Policy
May 12, 2020 | By William Gale
The COVID-19 crisis has wreaked havoc on government budgets – in this country, in the states, and in nations around the world. But there is a potential silver lining. Read more
Physical Reality Still Matters
May 13, 2020 | By Bill McKibben
Many of us have lived lives that seemed to grow slowly more detached from the physical world--screens took up more and more of our time. There's no silver lining to the pandemic, but it can teach us some lessons, and maybe the most crucial is: physical reality still matters. Because I work on climate change I've spent the last three decades trying to convince people that physics and chemistry can't be argued with, forced to compromise, made to negotiate. The COVID microbe is doing the same thing for biology: lecture it all you want, but it pays no attention. If it says you have to stand six feet apart, that's what you best do. So we're getting a useful reminder that, much as we might wish to think otherwise, we don't really live in a 'post-modern' world--reality still sets the ground rules. If we learn that lesson--which almost all humans in almost all of human history understood in their bones--then we'll have a better chance at making the century ahead of us work out.
Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College
Fearful of COVID-19, Older People
Are Changing Their Living Wills
May 9, 2020 | The Washington Post
In the context of COVID-19, many older adults are finding that their preferences about life-sustaining treatment are more clear or have changed. Experiencing the pandemic may spur more older adults to create advance directives for health care now and in the future. But challenges remain: we still have large gaps in medical knowledge, and uncertainties persist about how any one of us will fare with a given treatment such as a ventilator. Read more
How the Virus May Change Your Next
May 12, 2020 | By Tim McKeough, The New York Times
Designers and architects expect the pandemic to affect apartment design long after the lockdowns are over. Here are a few trends you’re likely to see.
A Powerful Case for Smaller
May 12, 2020 | By Jane Margolies, The New York Times
Shortages of safety gear and staff. Workers who may inadvertently be carriers. A disease that preys on older people with underlying health conditions. There are many reasons the coronavirus has hit nursing homes so hard. Advocates are challenging layouts that are efficient and cost effective but that may allow the coronavirus to spread faster.
Add the design of the buildings to the list. Advocates are challenging layouts that are efficient and cost effective but that may allow the coronavirus to spread faster.
From Farms to Foodbanks
May 6, 2020 | Haverford College
Journalist David Wessel continues Haverford College's "Fords on the Front Lines" video series with a conversation with John Botti who, along with a group of friends, has mobilized getting food from farms to food banks. Watch video
Family Get Together
May 11, 2020 | By Karen Gershowitz
My family, like many in America, is spread out across the country. We talk regularly, but mostly one-on-one. Getting everyone together at the same time, in the same place has been a scheduling nightmare. That has changed since Covid-19 has taken over our lives.
"The Doctor Will FaceTime You
May 11, 2020 | By Jane Brody, The New York Times
Even if no other good for health care emerges from the coronavirus crisis, one development — the incorporation of telemedicine into routine medical care — promises to be transformative. Using technology that already exists and devices that most people have in their homes, medical practice over the internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments, increase the efficiency of care and reduce patient stress.
Intergenerational Relationships Can
May 13, 2020 | By Sasha Johfre
The physical distancing that we have all been experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people around the world to be more creative about the way they connect with others. The benefit of this forced creativity is that it has allowed people to jump out of the ruts of social engagement as we previously knew it. Read more
April 30, 2020
"What can we do together even while we are alone?" With 100+ Juilliard students and alumni, at home together.
Sedentary Behavior and the Pandemic
May 13, 2020 | By Megan Roche
I’m an epidemiologist in progress, a physician, and a running coach for athletes ranging from run/walkers to people who run 100-mile races both professionally and for “fun.” Online run coaching, which works out to about 20% run coaching and 80% life journaling, provides an interesting insight into the lives of a geographically diverse group of people. As COVID-19 became a reality this year, athletes started expressing similar sentiments in their training logs. It was an unprecedented moment as a coach. It was the first time I’d seen all of my athletes grapple with a common experience. Read more
Telemedicine and the Digital Divide
April 28, 2020 | By Andrea Jonas
The effects of COVID-19 have been far-reaching, changing the way that American communities continue to provide essential services such as education and healthcare. As increasing outpatient medical services are transitioned to telehealth, new opportunities and challenges arise in caring for an aging U.S. population. The introduction and widespread uptake of telemedicine has been largely a positive transformation across the healthcare system, allowing for increased access to medical care for a homebound population. As with any new technology, however, there remains the possibility for introduction of new biases and discrepancies in access: older patients, those without in-home internet access, or those without smart devices such as laptops and iphones may not enjoy the same access to care. As our healthcare system reinvents itself in the post-COVID era, we must be responsible stewards of how innovations such as telemedicine are built into our healthcare systems to as to maximize equitable access to healthcare services for all.
Evidence and Ideas for Change
May 1, 2020 | Urban Institute
Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell’s reflections on pressing issues of the day and the latest research insights that can help changemakers advance equity, opportunity, and upward mobility.
April 21, 2020 | By Arthur Sung
The pandemic reveals the socio-economic class divide is front and center. The poor get sicker and with the highest death burden; the lowest totem pole front line workers get furloughed while the elite executive controls the cash flow. How do we as a society confront the concept of wealth vs the perception of caring for one another; when is the culture of seeking enduring power balanced against the notion of giving without regard to be recognized. Society has become theatrical and one would hope true altruism can find its bearings again in our lifetime.
The Timeline on Technology
Adoption Has Just Been Advanced
March 19, 2020 | By Ken Smith
In the past decade, we have witnessed a dramatic leap forward in digital technology, but it is questionable whether our day to day lives have changed in proportion. Many of the activities of daily life – school, shopping, socializing, exercising, commuting, working – have only changed incrementally. The COVID-19 virus and societies’ response may be changing that in a hurry.
Social Distancing Redux
April 27, 2020 | By Ann Bennett Spence
My mother, who died 25 years ago, was Chinese. One of the things she taught me from
the first was a variation on what we’re now calling social distancing: having and keeping one’s
own personal space.