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#3 Weekend reads – and some thoughts on depression + a global viewpoint

Hi everyone, writing to you from the end of my 10th week in quarantine, and while the early weeks saw me lost in the story of this time, I am finding my way out that state, and the family is moving forward too.

Like so many of us, my husband and I have absolutely no idea what is coming for us in the future professionally and how it will impact us, but we are determined to approach life with optimism, as much as we can. Naturally, that’s not possible everyday…. It is what it is.  

I hope you are coping OK, but appreciate many are really struggling. Depression and suicide is on the rise, divorce too. Please reach out for professional help if you need it, and don’t be ashamed of these intense feelings. It’s certainly not a sign of weakness, just a sign of how much you are struggling to cope through a time that none of us have any experience in dealing with!

I really want to encourage everyone not to be afraid to share how you are feeling, with your community and on social media. I have been freely sharing my feelings online, because I want others to know that they are not alone. By speaking up, we can all help others know they are not alone too. It matters. I’m not talking misery fest, just open, honest communication.

Something else that I believe is REALLY important is to seek a global perspective. Understanding what is going on in other parts of the world will help us understand the scale of the challenge, where help is needed, and the other issues we need to collectively solve as a global community.

We are turning inward at a time we need to see outwards. This reading list hopefully helps people look across some of the bigger challenges the world is facing, because we’re all in this together.

So here it is for you information junkies out there and for those wanting someone to help manage the Infodemic. No opinion, just the stuff I’ve been reading and watching this week, which I believe is valuable.

In no particular order….

Virus Experts Aren’t Getting the Message Out – tks Tori Allen

The Moment to Change the World Is Right Now

How CEOs Can Support Employee Mental Health in a Crisis

Opinion – The End of Meat Is Here – tks Rebecca Kynaston

When the World Went Away, We Made a New One – I lost many things during the quarantine. But there can be an unexpected abundance inside a state of loss.

The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next? – worth spending time with

The COVID-19 recovery will be digital: A plan for the first 90 days

Doctors race to understand rare inflammatory condition associated with coronavirus in young people

These 2 Companies Just Fired Thousands of Their Employees – How Did One Create Goodwill and Another Just Bitterness? – great piece from my friend, Coen Tan!

How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online – tks Patrice Robinet

How coronavirus Britain looks from abroad

“Prior assumptions about our business no longer apply”: Cuts pile up at Vice, Quartz, The Economist, BuzzFeed, and Condé Nast

Reviving the US CDC

America’s far right is energised by covid-19 lockdowns – note, not a good time to wear Hawaiian shirts…

Leaked Covid-19 commission report calls for Australian taxpayers to underwrite gas industry expansion

Russia’s covid-19 outbreak is far worse than the Kremlin admits

In pictures: Nature is thriving in locked-down Singapore—is it time to rethink the city in a garden?

The Two Sides of Singapore, As Seen By A Food Delivery Rider – awesome piece, thanks Simon Kearney

Coronavirus: They grabbed my breasts and said, ‘You’re not a woman’

Kishore Mahbubani on the dawn of the Asian century

China’s new coronavirus outbreak shows signs the virus could be changing – tks Esha Batish

Climate change: Top 10 tips to reduce carbon footprint revealed

To Avoid Burnout, Work Less and Ignore ‘Productivity Propaganda’

India’s coronavirus infections surpass China total

The 10 Best Bond Villains – hey, it was for Quiz night

How Covid-19 is threatening Central America’s economic lifeline

‘I Have Given Up’: Parenting in Quarantine

Coronavirus lockdown: The Indian migrants dying to get home – this is heartbreaking

The Subtle Catechesis of White Supremacy

City of the Future: Singapore – Full Episode | National Geographic – tks John Vincent Gordon

Teenage boy charged in Canada’s first ‘incel’ terror case

Coronavirus: World Bank warns 60m at risk of ‘extreme poverty’

Pollution: Birds ‘ingesting hundreds of bits of plastic a day’

New York Times Reporter calls Pence sycophant: Newspaper says he went too far

This stunning video will challenge all your preconceptions about ballet

Cyclone Amphan: Survivors return to face destruction left by storm

Big Oil and investors knew a crash was coming: COVID-19 just sped up the clock – yep!

15 New Leadership Books for a Summer in Quarantine

NPC: China moves to impose controversial Hong Kong security law

McKinsey, Accenture And Everyone Is Right About Digital Life After COVID-19. But We’re Not Ready.

We can re-open America, but we can’t do it like this

Did the Coronavirus Kill Ideology in Australia?

EMPATHY is the most important leadership skill needed today!

Diversity still matters

Classical Music Has a ‘God Status’ Problem

Microsoft’s CEO on Tech Innovation in the Time of COVID-19

If you’re in business, IBM published this fantastic guide: COVID-19  Action Guide

How to manage  amid chaos, ambiguity,  and fear

Hope you found something of value in this selection. See you next week!



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