Another big week of news, and surely this was the week we saw global acceptance of the huge challenges facing us in overcoming the pandemic? Of course there will always be those who doubt what is right in front of their eyes, but the majority is what matters, right?
No question I’m happy to be living in Asia, where it was taken seriously from the start. It’s been lovely to enjoy a little freedom in recent weeks, because we all did what was needed to get it under control. Nearly 40 days COVID19 free where I live, and that means we can get out, knowing we are safe (while remaining cautious).
The other undercurrent starting to increase, is how badly the economy has been impacted. While it’s been part of this story since the beginning, it is getting more intense now, and I am expecting the next few weeks to see this reality gain more traction in the media.
No question, it’s going to be a tough second half of the year, with more and more businesses closing doors, and the consequent unemployment.
And that impacts us all. The global mental health challenges continue, but this week, I was surprised by the number of people telling me how hard this last week has been on them. It was for me too. The rollercoaster ride of emotions is certainly not coming to an end anytime soon, so please, make sure you’re taking care of yourselves my friends. I think we are finally appreciating that we are in this for the long haul.
The only way I know how to cope is to get busy, help those in need, create something new, or work on something I’ve been meaning to do for years but never had a chance to do it.
Of course, sometimes we just need to rest and recharge, which is perfectly respectable too. I’ve found I regularly need to prioritize recharging, or the wheels fall off – especially when facing up to the truth of this time. It ain’t easy.
Charity: If you are able, can you donate to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program? We have millions of people facing famine and the impact of extreme poverty. Let’s help the organizations doing the most to address these challenges. Taking care of our fellow humans is so important.
Weekends: “We belong in space” says NASA Astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman tks Glenn van Zutphen
The Digital Conversationalist Andrea Edwards – Connect With Confidence with Kerrie Phipps tks Happy to be a guest on Kerrie Phipps podcast this week
Zimbabwe-based entrepreneur wants to create a global market for baobab products thanks for this Sarah Le Breton. Awesome to see what your brother is doing.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Close the bars. Reopen the schools. tks Denise Chai
Research: “This epidemic will be a detonator” tks Francine Varner
#BlackLivesMatter / all racism
Climate Crisis/6th Mass Extinction
Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare for ‘poorer, more dangerous’ world and rise of China tks Domenica Hiranyagarbha DeCrea
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
Exclusive: NRA has shed 200 staffers this year as group faces financial crisis tks Barry Graubart #ThoughtsAndPrayers indeed
The Unfathomable Stupidity of Rich White Men tks Claire Kielty
Oneness vs. The 1%: #VandanaShiva at the United Nations Office at Geneva – tks Chantal Fernandes
Passion, humour, history
Thanks for this Phillipa Edwards!
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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