Every fortnight — now referred to as a decade — I curate some of the observations and insights that had been shared on social media. I name these Friday’s Finds.
The Fourth Doctor — “The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: they don’t alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” through @GarethLPower
@alexia — “If you’re the smartest particular person within the Zoom, then you’re within the unsuitable Zoom.”
“We are witnessing a rare surge of solidarity. Suddenly the notion that the financial system exists to serve individuals and never the opposite means round appears blazingly apparent. Suddenly the notion that we are able to accomplish extra collectively than we may ever accomplish alone is past debate.
The pandemic shouldn’t be bringing a couple of world of crumbled establishments and adversarial individualism; that’s the world we gave the impression to be heading towards earlier than the virus began its horrible work: a world of declining belief in governments and in specialists and in one another and the diminished power, constrained ambition and vulnerability to demagogues all that entails.”
“On the Noah’s ark of the quarantined nation state, critical thinking has been thrown overboard. While ‘the masses’ seem harder to reach on issues related to digital politics than ever, a more realistic challenge seems to be the mobilization of those who work – more or less – professionally at the intersection of research, journalism, culture, and activism. The question is: what can we do? How can we work together towards a horizon of equality and liberation? How can we network a web of transnational care?”
“The actual antidote to epidemics isn’t isolation and segregation, it’s data and cooperation. The large benefit of people over viruses is the flexibility to cooperate successfully. A coronavirus in China and a coronavirus within the USA can not swap recommendations on easy methods to infect people.
But China can educate the USA many beneficial classes in regards to the coronavirus and easy methods to take care of it. More than that, China can truly ship specialists and gear to straight assist the USA. The viruses can not do something like that.”
Mission critical— Mariana Mazzucato
“What we need is for this call to action to fundamentally change how we think about the governance of all organizations that produce value: how to organize dynamic government agencies outside static silos; how to rethink corporate governance structures so that they are more focused on the long term and they reward all the actors that help create profits; and how to listen to the movements in civil society — whether the green movement or those calling for better healthcare — to formulate the missions of the future that can drive innovation for the decades to come. The populist wave around the world is evidence that this will not succeed if it is not truly participatory, allowing different voices to come to the table, and to negotiate healthier deals, creating an economy that is more innovative, sustainable, and inclusive. I believe it is very difficult, but truly possible.”
“To all those working to make life better post the pandemic I salute you, to all those putting economics over people or personal exploitative value over the needs of the community; there isn’t a place in Hell I wouldn’t happily condemn you. We are in purgatory with a hope of salvation and we need to seize the day. We cannot go on as we did before.”