Every fortnight — now known as a decade — I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call 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.” via @GarethLPower
@alexia — “If you are the smartest person in the Zoom, then you are in the wrong Zoom.”
“We are witnessing an extraordinary surge of solidarity. Suddenly the notion that the economy exists to serve people and not the other way around seems blazingly obvious. Suddenly the notion that we can accomplish more collectively than we could ever accomplish alone is beyond debate.
The pandemic is not bringing about a world of crumbled institutions and adversarial individualism; that’s the world we seemed to be heading toward before the virus started its terrible work: a world of declining trust in governments and in experts and in each other and the diminished strength, 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 real antidote to epidemics isn’t isolation and segregation, it is information and cooperation. The big advantage of humans over viruses is the ability to cooperate effectively. A coronavirus in China and a coronavirus in the USA cannot swap tips about how to infect humans.
But China can teach the USA many valuable lessons about the coronavirus and how to deal with it. More than that, China can actually send experts and equipment to directly help the USA. The viruses cannot do anything 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.”