As part of the New Map of Life™ initiative, SCL is launching a new
project called “New Map of Life: After the Pandemic.” The site
consists of submissions from a wide range of experts spanning
academia, business, public policy, education and urban planning.
These posts offer perspectives about ways to rebuild our society
that have been informed by observations made during the pandemic.
Submissions range from brief notes, to essays, videos, cartoons
and poetry.




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Faculty Spotlight

JAMIL ZAKI is a professor of psychology, and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. Using tools from psychology and neuroscience, he and his colleagues examine how empathy works and how people can learn to empathize more effectively. His writing on these topics has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic.

In his latest book, “The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World,” he  shares cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, showing that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that can be strengthened through effort. He discussed this in depth in a talk given in February 2020 as part of SCL’s Distinguished Lecture series.

Over the past few months, Zaki’s research has been featured in news articles and interviews in the context of the COVID pandemic. He recently penned an op-ed in The Washington Post on pandemic trauma and how it could inspire personal growth around the world.

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Residential Housing Segregation and COVID-19

Ethnic and racial minorities bare a disproportionate burden of illness and death during this pandemic. One of the main factors being housing conditions.

SCL Environment Fellow, Diego Sierra Huertas analyzes how COVID19 exposes the socioeconomic and racial inequalities in different #environments across the US.

A New Map of Life: After the Pandemic

An introduction

Air pollutant emissions have decreased drastically across the world due to worldwide lockdowns

New Map of Life Environmental Fellow, Chenghao Wang, discusses the rapid improvements in air quality and reduction in pollutants since the lockdown began, but warns that these changes could easily be reversed if we don’t change the ways we in which we live our lives.

Online education has exacerbated inequalities

Due to worldwide lockdowns, education has moved online. Most American households do not have access to the right technologies, spaces and basic needs to provide a quality online education for their kids.

SCL Education Fellow Ilana Horwitz explains how lockdowns have exposed and exacerbated inequalities for students around the country. Online education is not as accessible as you may think.

Physical separation has brought different generations closer online

The consequences of COVID-19 have had some young people “step up and do their duty.” Will the triages, lockdowns, and online platforms bring different generations closer, or will it separate us?

Stanford Ph.D. and SCL & Eisner Foundation Fellow Sasha Shen Johfre analyzes the present and potential future of intergenerational relationships and the cultural meaning of age in the times of Coronavirus.

Lessons the U.S. can learn from Italy’s COVID-19 experience

Matteo Leombroni, New Map of Life Financial Security Fellow talks about the impact of the pandemic in Italy, and what may be coming for for the U.S.

Keep active during the quarantine!

New Map of Life Fitness and Lifestyle Fellow, Dr. Megan Roche, gives us tips on how to keep moving while we’re stuck inside.


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