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Andrew Simms
27 April 2011

Suddenly we realized that cooperation rather than competition was a more effective strategy to survive and thrive in a world where our life-supporting ecosystems had fuzzy but ultimately non-negotiable limits. In challenges like climate change those limits were looming large into view. That meant we needed ways to govern that were inclusive and good at resolving conflicting needs and freedoms. Pluralist forms of democracy, which still didn’t avoid the need for hard choices, were simply better than anything else.


Author: Andrew Simms

How do we work after coronavirus?

The pandemic has profoundly changed our working lives. Millions have lost their jobs; others have had no choice but to continue working at great risk to their health. Many more have shouldered extra unpaid labour such as childcare.

Work has also been redefined. Some workers are defined as 'essential' – but most of them are among the lowest-paid in our societies.

Could this be an opportunity?

Amid the crisis, there has been a rise in interest in radical ideas, from four-day weeks to universal basic income.

Join us on 5pm UK time on 20 August as we discuss whether the pandemic might finally be a moment for challenging our reliance on work.

In conversation:

Sarah Jaffe, journalist and author of 'Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone', due to be published next year.

Amelia Horgan, academic and author of 'Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism', also due to be published next year.

Chair: Alice Martin, advisory board member of Autonomy, a think tank dedicated to the future of work.

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