Friday, Jul 23 2021
COVID Resource Page

COVID Resource Page

We are all in emergency mode now, however it is crucial to be prepared for the “new normal” and the challenges that lie beyond the pandemic and self-isolation period. This page contains a list of links to news articles, videos and initiatives that can help us better understand the choices that we have in front of us. This is a living list and it will be updated on a regular basis.


The list is divided into four sections:

  • A new normal: disruptions created by the COVID crisis and discussions about the best way to move forward.

  • Seeds of change: ideas and initiatives that are already in place and should be boosted to help us transition into a better future for all.

  • Fragilities of the current system: problems derived from our conventional way of thinking and doing business.

  • Threats to the new normal: disruption always brings change. It can be good or bad. Here are the traps we need to avoid. 


And three types of links

  • [N]ews - articles about specific events or datasets

  • [I]nitiative - groups, projects and petitions

  • [A]nalysis - opinions and discussions about our systems and institutions


A new normal - transition to a thriving society

A soft reset for humankind [A] - this article touches on the new normal and also points to existing initiatives and exposes some of the current challenges. 

The Coronation [A] - Charles Eisenstein puts this last crisis in perspective, discusses the role of the state, our current lifestyle/worldview and offers an alternative into the future.

Eight emerging lessons: From Coronavirus to Climate Action [A] - Otto Scharmer employs the Theory U to analyse the world’s response to the global pandemic. Scharmer identifies the seeds of a shift in our individual and collective behaviour that can create a different path for humanity. He invites us to reflect on: things we want to let go and the future we want to create.

Impact response [I] - community call to action. Three Key Actions to Respond to the Social and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 by Mobilizing Social Finance and Social Enterprise

Policy Response [A] - Aims to bring the Canadian policy community together to highlight the best economic and social policy ideas that will get Canadians through the immediate crisis and prepare us for a more sustainable and equitable recovery. 

Future of Small Businesses [A] - One Of Canada’s Fastest-growing Family Businesses Is Becoming Employee-owned. Here’s Why That Could Be A Major Trend Post-pandemic

World’s 11th biggest economy pitches renewable energy for COVID-19 recovery [N] - Key US states are already taking action to accelerate their renewable energy plans, virus or no virus.

Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space [A] - in normal times, inequality is acceptable, the crisis exposes the problem and vulnerable users reclaim a little bit of the space in different ways around the world.

Universal basic income is the best way to help the self-employed [A] - Owen Jones exposes the lack of financial security for the self-employed and the implications of an Universal Basic Income.

Community Gardens: Food, not Recreation [I] - Middlesex London Food Policy council urges the Provincial government to reconsider the closure of community gardens: “ role that stands out as crucial is the community’s food security.”

In the midst of crisis, the only thing that makes sense is to ‘get outside and garden.’ [A] - Christine Smith explain the importance of a decentralized food supply and how gardens provide nutritional and emotional sustenance.

Bogotá expands bike lanes to curb coronavirus spread [N] - Bogotá is opening 76km of temporary bike lanes to reduce crowding on public transport and help prevent the spread of Covid-19, as well as to improve air quality.


Seeds of change - current examples for a thriving future

The Democracy Collaborative [I] - found in 2000, the group turns ideas of systemic design and community wealth building into visions and models that demonstrate new principles of a democratic economy operating within planetary boundaries. In its core, they seek to transform ownership and redesign institutions.

Buy Social Canada [I] - the lead group in social procurement. “Every purchase has an economic, environmental and social impact, whether intended or not. Social procurement is about capturing those impacts and seeking to make intentional positive contributions to both the local economy and the overall vibrancy of the community”


Fragilities of the current system

300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds [A] - Richard Heinberg explains how fossil fuels quickly went from blessing to curse and how urgent it is to start “making business as unusual”.

Density of hospital beds in Canada [N] - Data from 1976 to 2018 shows a decrease from 6.75 to 2.5 hospital beds per every thousand population.

Why factory farms are a perfect storm for disease pandemics [A] - Derek Beres criticizes our current meat production system: “Humans and animals living in such close proximity due to clear-cutting of forests and factory farms. This proximity is creating a ‘natural virus experiment.’ ”

How to beat Coronavirus capitalism [A] - video teach-in with Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.


Threats to the new normal

Canada’s murky bailout deal for oil and gas will cost us all [N] - Dianne Sax warns that “Despite this record, and Canada’s repeated pledges to stop subsidizing fossil fuels, the Trudeau government is giving the industry a billion dollar-plus bailout with taxpayer money: Up to $1 billion is being given to the Alberta government, whose lax rules and poor enforcement allowed the industry to create the ever-expanding, multi-billion dollar inactive well problem.”

Coronavirus Capitalism [A] - Short video with Naomi Klein explaining the disruption brings change. If that is good or bad, it is up to us to decide. She warns us about the danger of creating a more unequal society.

AirBnB Bailout [I] - petition to refuse bailing out a company that inflates the already stressed housing market, doesn’t pay corporate taxes and increases the wealth inequality.


LAST UPDATE: May 6, 2020