With the COVID-19 health crisis, the world is experiencing unprecedented disruption to daily lives and to the social, economic, and governance systems that support them. While the immediate priority is to protect the most vulnerable populations and sectors, we – as a global society – must not overlook the opportunities that crises can provide to re-imagine and rebuild our future.
Over the coming months and years, choices will be made and massive amounts of resources will be invested to respond to and recover from this crisis. Many of these decisions will shape society for decades. At this early stage, it may be helpful to start considering:
- What are the biggest opportunities for transformation to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world?
- How do we want the economy, society, and governance to evolve?
- How can we most effectively leverage the digital sector for managing global risks, while managing potential threats to privacy, equity, and democratic rule?
With this survey, Future Earth, the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment, and other partners seek to spark critical reflection on the challenges, but also the opportunities, that this global crisis presents, and to contribute to what will soon emerge as a global conversation on where we go from here. Future Earth invites you to provide your perspective on these topics through the rapid foresight survey.
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