Governments knew a pandemic was a threat – here’s why they weren’t better prepared

How is it possible that we were not ready? Not only had Bill Gates been banging on about this for a long time, but pandemics also featured strongly on regional and national risk registers produced by governments and bureaucrats, as well as international registers from non-governmental organisations.… Read More

Build a science advice system fit for global crises

Coronavirus has revealed both the importance and limitations of current approaches, says Peter Gluckman

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the complex interface been scientific evidence, experts, public institutions, the public, policymakers, diplomats and politicians. It has exposed very different responses in different jurisdictions and demonstrates the challenges of decision-making when the evidence is incomplete but decisions are urgent. … Read More

Social cohesion at a time of social distancing?

INGSA/Koi Tū EXCLUSIVE We are living in an extraordinary time.  The pandemic now gripping the planet – massive and urgent in itself – is also the latest and most significant challenge among those already taking hold in many societies. An unmistakable sense of 21st Century anomie stands in stark contrast to the naïve optimism of the last few decades.

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Informed Futures, the virus and the future

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into stark focus the interaction between science, experts, society, policy making and politics. Across the world this interaction is playing out in different strategies and decisions. The pandemic continues towards a potentially horrific crescendo for many countries. In this context, both for the immediate, and particularly for the longer term (including future pandemics and other crises), it will be important to understand and learn from these varied interactions. – Sir Peter Gluckman… Read More