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We have shocks, and we have trends, like always in human history. We have just been reminded about our vulnerability to shocks through covid-19 – but when the pandemic exploded many places and people were still struggling to come to terms with the brutal impact of the 2008 economic and financial crisis: shocks can change the world (or better, parts of it) for a very long time, and some places may never recovered, prompting new questions and the set-up of new priorities and agendas. On the other hand, shocks occur in the context of global megatrends – including technological paradigm shifts and economic globalisation – which transform and shape the way we live, providing new opportunities for development. However, these same global megatrends can also be highly divisive and, interacting with shocks, pose huge challenges for social cohesion, political and economic equity, sustainability, and even peaceful coexistence.
History matters, and, as we all know, historical paths are geographically-specific at all layers of geography. Shocks are spatially asymmetric, and trends have heterogeneous impact on places.
The starting questions here today are the following: What can we learn from history? Do we learn from history or not? Is the present different from the past, and how?
- Dr Joaquim Oliveira Martins, OECD: He will address the nature of crises, what history could tell us about covid-19 in particular, and reflect on disruptive changes and new opportunities stemming from some ‘creative destruction’ effects.
- Dr Sergio Petralia, Utrecht University. He will talk about interregional inequality and technological change, and how theoretical approaches to inequality tend to lead (or not) to more (individual and regional) inequality.
- Professor Elisa Giuliani, University of Pisa, Italy. Starting from history, she will address people’s cognitive frames, narratives and ideologies on shocks –highlighting the possibilities of their change and future scenarios.
Professor Simona Iammarino, LSE
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Global megatrends are transforming the way we live, work, interact, finance, produce and consume. At the same time, the increasing environmental impacts of human activities have sharpened the focus on sustainability of further development. New technologies potentially provide an opportunity to address, perhaps for the first time in the history of mankind, a substantial majority of the fundamental societal challenges, from nutrition, energy availability and sustainability, to access to products, services and information. However, these same global megatrends can also be highly divisive and therefore represent one of the biggest challenges for a global social, political and economic cohesion and even peaceful coexistence in more than a generation. In addition we have newly remembered our global vulnerability to shocks such as the coronavirus and there can be no doubt that this will change the world in which we live prompting new questions and new priorities.
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