As people all over the world emerge, blinking, into the harsh light of the post lockdown world to find economies faltering, a deadly virus everywhere and nowhere, and their way of life changed, changed utterly, they inevitably cast around in search of guidance and inspiration.
Philosophers, politicians, academics and entrepreneurs of all hues have trained their intellects on how we might reshape the world after Covid, from Elon Musk, with his fervent belief in the power of innovation and free enterprise, to Yuval Noah Harari, who cautions against the dangers of a fractured global society and giving big brother too much power.
Adrift in a sea of possibilities
There is a general consensus that the world cannot carry on as before, and so the question now is not so much should the world change, but, what form will that change take, and where will it lead us? Informed by the sobering lessons of the most widespread public health emergency in living memory, a chorus of voices have put forward their vision for what comes next. Among them, the philosopher Cynthia Fleury, who invites us to rediscover the benefits of solidarity with our fellow man, and futurologist Jason Schenker, who believes there will be no going back to pre-coronavirus ways of commerce and wants to see companies make a positive contribution to society with each new investment.
Echoing Schenker’s sentiments, renowned round-the-world yachtsman and World Wildlife Foundation executive, Isabelle Autissier, stresses the fundamental importance of establishing a more virtuous, less toxic world, one where people stop focusing on short term gains and instead think about what really are the ‘non-negotiable’ essentials of existence – the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we farm. Autissier states that we must no longer tolerate the ‘predatory’ behavior of companies that have threatened the most vulnerable members of society, and indeed, the planet, with their harmful modes of production.
In this special report Leaders League invites you to find a silver lining in the Covid-19 pandemic, in the company of some of today’s greatest minds and visionary leaders, who are each, in their fashion, helping the human race chart its way through 2020’s troubled waters and on to better shores.
As we go through this most atypical of summers, we hope this series of portraits gives you food for thought, nourishes your spirit and, just maybe, sparks a dream of your own imagining, of a pattern for a better world. And if you should find yourself in need of a book to bring with you to the beach this summer, we provide you an example at the end of each profile of one either written by or about each of our Big Thinkers.