The Banality of Morals

Today is April 2nd, 2020. As of today, the Johns Hopkins University’s Corona Virus Resource Center reports well over 900,000 confirmed cases globally and just short of 50,000 deaths[1]. Compared to when I wrote my last post two weeks ago, this is more than four times the number of confirmed cases and more than five times the number of deaths. Three countries – the United States, Spain, and Italy – now count more confirmed cases than the whole of China, where the virus originated, and the death toll in all three countries has also surpassed China’s.

Many countries have reacted to the situation with sigificant lockdowns, cancelling all public events, closing schools, universities, shops, and restaurants, and confining citizens to their homes. According to recent analysis, these lockdowns have already prevented another 60,000 deaths in Europe alone[2].

At the same time, the lockdowns are creating political, economic, social, and psychological challenges of a magnitude which most countries have not witnessed for decades.

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#globalretreat: the art of staying at home

Today is March 19th, 2020. By now, the corona pandemic is confining hundreds of thousands of people in Europe, in the United States, and in more and more other countries to their homes in order to slow down the spreading of the disease. As of yesterday, the WHO reported almost 210,000 confirmed cases and just short of 9,000 deaths[1].

Under normal circumstances, most of us like being at home – and many busy people even look forward to those rare periods when they have to travel less and can instead enjoy their apartments, houses, balconies and gardens.

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corona: a checklist for company leaders

Today is March 17th, 2020. By now, the corona pandemic has paused public life all over Europe. As of today, the WHO reports over 170,000 confirmed cases and just over 7,000 deaths[1]. Stock markets are crashing, shops are closing, and companies are struggling to adapt to the changing boundary conditions on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. Earlier today, Volkswagen and Opel announced to shut down production facilities in Europe to cope with the crisis[2].

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think, let go, serve – and face your fears

Today is March 15, 2020. By now, the corona pandemic[1] has far-reaching consequences for public and private life around the globe. As of today, the WHO reports over 150,000 confirmed cases and almost 6,000 deaths[2]. Countries and companies are issuing travel bans; theaters, music halls, cinemas, gyms, restaurants, and shops as well as schools and daycare facilities are closing down.

The crisis is creating an enormous workload for many: Healthcare professionals are working 24/7, caring for those infected (as well as for other patients) and engaging in research to find a cure or a vaccine.

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20 wünsche für die 2020er

Für 2020 habe ich – anders als in vorigen Jahren[1] – keine Neujahrsvorsätze aufgeschrieben, sondern zwanzig Wünsche formuliert, die aus meiner Sicht dazu beitragen können, dass unser Zusammenleben in den anbrechenden Zwanzigzwanzigerjahren möglichst gut funktioniert[2].

Ich wünsche mir für die 2020er…

… Paketdienste, die Pakete zum erwarteten Zeitpunkt an den Empfänger liefern, für den sie bestimmt sind (1/20);

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Wollen wir die totale Followkratie?

Seit Ende der vergangenen Woche gibt es auf Instagram einen Account mit dem Handle 12062020olympia[1]. Innerhalb weniger Stunden zog der Account so viele Follower an, dass Instagram ihn für einen Bot hielt und vorübergehend deaktivierte[2]. Der Account gehört zu einer Crowdfunding-Kampagne auf Startnext, die Geld für “Die größte BürgerInnenversammlung Deutschlands im Olympiastadion Berlin mit bis zu 90.000 Menschen” einsammelt.

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Four truths about climate action

Last Friday, in many countries around the world, millions were out on the streets to protest for action against climate change. In Germany, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in more than 500 towns[1]. Over the weekend, newspapers and social media buzzed with photos showing large crowds in public places; many of my friends and acquaintances posted their own snapshots from the protest marches.

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