Lockdown Lesson #1
Personal takeaways from isolation
During this global crisis, social bridges have become longer and more flexible. Lockdown and physical distance did not stop social interactions but rather provides room for creative solutions, a renewed importance to relationships, and a deeper reflection on how we work and communicate with others.
But the real opportunity lies in whether we are capable of retaining what we learned once the lockdown has lifted; and maintain the awareness of how and for which purposes we use our voices.
Lockdown Lesson #2
New opportunities for a European public space
We learn languages and form cultural ties through contact, and thus our sense of belonging is tied to our mobility. For the European Project to thrive, we must recognize differences and inequities in access to travel and invest in the public spaces for a common understanding to develop.
According to Natalie Nougayrède, one concrete way to shorten the distance is to create a pan-European, transnational media offer for young people so that they can interact, debate and learn from one another.
Lockdown Lesson #3
Science communication: the comeback of facts
Science is a search for truth and necessarily comes with critical dialogue and variety. Its ways are oftentimes in contradiction with politics as a search for compromise and popular solutions – nevertheless, dialogue between them must be encouraged and strengthened, domestically and internationally, through stable institutional networks which function with or without a crisis. This is a possible pathway for science to act as a stabilizing core which maintains communication even between countries which diplomatic ties might be challenged or interrupted.
Lockdown Lesson #4
Flattening global warming: Humanity in the Anthropocene
“A signature of modernity is to say that everything will be better”, according to cultural scientist Prof. Eva Horn – a narrative that she considers to be misleading. Solutions for acute climate problems already exist, but they must be combined, discussed in a diverse and representative manner and implemented. We cannot create hierarchies between the Covid-19 and the climate crises: both require immediate and resolute action. Politicians and citizens alike have demonstrated their willingness to adhere to the science in a crisis, the opportunity now lies in carrying forward their solidarity in global efforts against climate change.
Lockdown Lesson #5
Social cohesion despite (still) closed borders
Sustainable change can only occur if everyone is sitting at the table. As individuals and as a society, we must learn to overcome one’s own subjectivity, recognize one’s own privileges, gain new perspectives, and pool together initiatives. It is only through these efforts that we will be able to create resilient networks which better respond to the complex global challenges we are facing.
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