Global solutions to global ‘bads’: 2 practical proposals to help developing countries deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. In a piece written for this blog four years ago—after the Ebola outbreaks but mostly focused on rising natural disasters—I argued that to deal with global public “bads” such as climate change, natural disasters, diseases, and financial crises, we needed global financing mechanisms.
Today, the world faces not just another global public bad, but one that is downright ugly. COVID-19’s stealth, speed of transmission, and high fatality rate make it one of the biggest threats the world has faced in a long time. The case for global financing mechanisms is even stronger. But in a more divided world, global collective action is proving more difficult. COVID-19: What we must do to prevent a global depression.
Without a vaccine or effective COVID-19 treatment, we could face continued infections and death until at least the end of 2020.
To prevent further spread of coronavirus, we must monitor what fraction of the population has been in contact with the virus and is potentially immune. To prevent an economic collapse, governments will need to take on large and unprecedented roles in securing business continuity and jobs. A few months in, it is still hard to grasp the scale and scope of COVID-19’s global impact. A third of the world population is under some sort of “lockdown.” Over 200 countries are affected, and the number of new cases and deaths in many places are still growing exponentially.
We all want to leave this crisis behind as soon as possible. Jersey. Denim. Stay safe and healthy.
State of Fashion coronavirus update: Rewire the system. Even before the coronavirus disrupted financial markets, upended supply chains, and crushed consumer demand across the global economy, fashion-industry leaders were not optimistic about 2020.
The industry was already on high alert, and executives expressed pessimism across all geographies and price points in our annual report, The State of Fashion 2020, released late last year. But fast-forward a few months, and fashion’s outlook has gotten dramatically and suddenly bleaker. The industry is now on red alert. This unforeseeable humanitarian and financial crisis has rendered previously planned strategies for 2020 redundant, leaving fashion businesses exposed or rudderless as their leaders confront a disorienting future and vulnerable workers face hardship and destitution. The black swan and fashion COVID-19 could spur the biggest economic contraction since World War II, hitting every sector from finance to hospitality. Giorgio Armani on Slow Fashion Post-Coronavirus. Quarantine has led photographers, magazines and brands to shoot virtually.
Los Angeles-based photographer @AngeloKritikos who shot @ddlovato a few days into the stay home order spoke to WWD about the collaborative process. “I don’t feel any pressure to perfect my virtual shoots because I really love the gritty and raw feel to the images. To me, it’s cool how imperfect the photos turn out,” added Kritikos. Lyst Sees ‘Slow Fashion’ on the Rise in Sustainable Fashion Report. Shopping search platform Lyst has unveiled its sustainable fashion report for 2020, delving into the sustainable brands, products and keywords shifting consumer culture.
Over the past year, “slow fashion” has generated 90 million social impressions “suggesting the beginning of a shift in shopping behaviors,” as the report said. The coronavirus recession could become a depression. As the Covid-19 pandemic worsens, it’s hard to decide which are scarier: the conversations I’m having with epidemiologists or the conversations I’m having with economists.
Utopias review – the centuries-old illusion of 'taking back control' Near the front of Thomas More’s 16th century book Utopia there is an illustration of a small island, dotted with rolling hills and populated with neat little castles; from the harbour a large ship sets off, presumably to conquer faraway lands and preach its vision of a perfect world.
Looking down at this isolated kingdom on the day the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, I am reminded of another island that imagined its green and pleasant land as a glorious haven if it could only “take back control”. Curators’ Choice on Art and Politics. This article is part of our latest Museums special section, which focuses on the intersection of art and politics.
A list of important works of art that speak about truths and hardships of our past. people want to hear the truth especially if it isn't pretty, we are tired of being forced the idea of that we are doing well. – joboudreau
Two of the world’s great art institutions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, turn 150 years old in 2020.
We asked curators at both to pick their favorite works that touch on American political life, either on view at their museums now or coming soon. Layla Bermeo, associate curator of paintings, Art of the Americas. The $744 M Influencer Marketing Scam - Anders Ankarlid - Medium. I cut my teeth in e-commerce a decade ago.
The whole industry has a win or die mentality, that I find incredibly rewarding. Since 2007, I have co-founded a couple of e-commerce companies that were sold to venture capital, and I also spent six years as a management consultant working with leading retailers across Europe and the Middle East. The Problems with Influencer Marketing.
Addressing the Pitfalls of Influencer Marketing There is no doubt that the rise of the modern-day influencer has changed commerce. Few retail industries have yet to embrace this newly emerging marketing strategy to grow their businesses. From beauty and fashion to wellness and travel, influencers have revolutionized everything from commerce, to marketing, to consumer behavior. As a relatively new industry, influencer marketing is still quite raw, with little standards and regulations. Marketing 2.0 Brands saw the opportunities in using influencers to market and quickly embraced and capitalized on the creators’ authorities over their audiences. Anarchist climate protesters evicted from Paddington Green.
Squatters who had occupied Paddington Green police station, the UK’s former counter-terror policing hub, have been evicted after holding the building for three weeks. “More than 60 bailiffs, police and private security stormed the building just past seven o’clock in the morning,” the squatters said on the No Fixed Abode Anti-fascists blog. It’s Bong Joon Ho’s Dystopia. We Just Live in It. For Seoul’s Poor, Class Strife in ‘Parasite’ Is Daily Reality. SEOUL, South Korea — The sunlight peeks into Kim Ssang-seok’s home for just half an hour a day. When he opens his only window and looks up, he sees the wheels of passing cars. Mr. Music streaming has become a monster — and there’s no going back: Alan Cross. I’ve been feeling a little bummed out lately and not just because it’s winter. We’ve been snowed under by bad news: COVID-19, railway blockades, Trump, climate change, Brexit.
And if you’re not getting enough fear and bad news, a quick browse through The Drudge Report will fix that. Fueled By Increased Consumer Comfort, Mobile Payments In The U.S.Will Exceed $130 Billion In 2020. The U.S. mobile payment market increased 41% from $69.8 billion in 2018 to $98.8 billion in 2019 according to eMarketer. The growth is significant since a mere $12.8 billion was spent in 2012. Mobile payments are increasingly being used by U.S. shoppers as customers become more comfortable with the technology. Mobile payments will be a catalyst for higher mobile-commerce sales. A slow start in the U.S. with mobile payments The U.S. market ranks sixth in the world in terms of mobile payment in comparison to other countries. “Mobile payment options are confusing and inconsistent, so many consumers just reach for their credit cards” The current use of credit and debit cards have limited the growth of digital payments in the U.S., whereas in Asia and Europe the use of cash has promoted the growth of mobile payments.
Coronavirus Weakens China’s Powerful Propaganda Machine. Exhausted medical workers with faces lined from hours of wearing goggles and surgical masks. Tech company Sparta Science combats NFL injuries with AI. One of Sparta Science’s test include a jumping exercise which allows the company to identify soft tissue problems usually blamed for hamstring injures in sports. Source: Spart Science In a data-driven world, technology companies are playing a vital role for the National Football League especially at the Scouting Combine.
Trump team is trying to bury the evidence against them (opinion) Hong Kong protest against quarantine facilities turns violent. (Bloomberg) — A protest against a Hong Kong government plan to use a new and unoccupied public housing estate as a possible coronavirus quarantine facility turned violent as demonstrators set fires and destroyed some property.
Scary times push people towards working together to save each other or to save themselves – joboudreau
Looking on the Bright Side May Be Good for Your Health.
It's becoming more and more clear that our mindsets have a bigger effect on everything in our lives than we thought. I believe this is going to push the trend of being outwardly confident even if it's not 100% genuine in order to manifest the positivity. – joboudreau
Trend: Companies warm to nature-based solutions.
People are so filled with fear for many different reasons, a major one being climate change. People are so overwhelmed that they feel like they can't do anything, in turn, leaving our problems to researchers to come up with new technology to make up for our carelessness. Thus tech seems so promising at first, when in reality people will become dependant on the tech. to solve our problems, and become less sustainable as an independent being. – joboudreau
Climate change is on everyone's minds and we watch our actions have effects on nature, this has ignited a flame in finding sustainable solutions to the problems we've created. Using nature to save nature has been a growing process which will hopefully eliminate the negative effect humans tend to have when influencing things like climate change. I see this pushing trends towards very clean, almost scientific, organic shapes and textures – joboudreau