What should we learn from the Covid-19 crisis?

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What lessons should futurists highlight from the Covid-19 crisis?

This online Zoom discussion will include a number of initial short talks. They will be followed by a group discussion in which all online attendees can participate.

Topics that are likely to feature include: society's resilience or fragility, overall priorities for research and development, the interplay of local and global issues, the role of "experts", provision of social safety nets, the costs of action vs. the costs of inaction, protecting whistle-blowers whilst controlling dissemination of malicious fake news, and the management of crises.

What should we learn as individuals, as nations, and as a global community?

The event is scheduled to run for around 90 minutes starting at 14.00 UK time (GMT) on Saturday 14th March.

To find this time in other timezones, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200314T140000&p1=136

== To join the event ==

The event is taking place on Zoom. Join at https://zoom.us/j/160966762.

This Zoom room will be open from 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow people time to check their connections and settings.

If you haven't used Zoom before, you should trial using it beforehand, https://zoom.us/. For participants, the software is free to use.

There is no charge to attend this London Futurists event.

Inside the call, please keep yourself on mute unless you have been asked to speak. You can indicate your desire to speak in the text chat window, or by raising your hand. You can choose whether or not to enable a video feed from your webcam (or phone).

== Speakers ==

The following panellists will make short opening provocations, to set the stage for group discussion:

*) David Doherty, mHealth Insight - "A mobile first approach to the management of infectious disease"

*) Steve Buss, citizen scientist - "Options for developing medical cures faster"

*) Adah Parris, cultural strategist - "Seeing the crisis differently"

*) Tim Pendry, crisis advisor - "Reforms for the post-coronavirus age"

Others to be announced (please get in touch if you would like to be included).

== Credits ==

The meeting image is based on a design by Pixabay member Gerd Altmann, https://pixabay.com/illustrations/connection-covid-19-coronavirus-4884862/

== No physical meetups for the time being ==

Note that no physical meetups will be organised by London Futurists for the time being. The meetup that was initially planned to be held at Birkbeck College on the same time and date, 14th March, has been postponed, with all ticket fees refunded, https://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/events/268502856/

== Facebook mirror ==

There's a copy of this announcement on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/events/1823696641135560/