Does anyone else feel two moods in the world right now? On the one hand, there is hope, with two promising vaccines in human trial and applications for approval in motion. This is as well as other solutions coming forward, like my friend Jerome Boyd-Kirkup, PhD, who is the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Hummingbird Bioscience. They received approval to start human trials for the HMBD-115, a COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody. Congrats Jerome and team. I have such clever friends.
You can learn more here: Hummingbird Bioscience’s antibody therapy trial is part of anti-Covid-19 effort, says co-founder. Thanks for sending the Link Amber!
And then deep sadness. With the festive season approaching, we have some bleak months ahead. Yes the relentlessness continues. I feel so much pain and heartache coming through social media, but the people I ache for the most, are the doctors, nurses and frontline workers who must all be completely exhausted by now. So many have died too! Can you even imagine what it is like for them?
And it’s not going to calm down anytime soon. The US has passed 250,000 deaths, with 1,300 dying a day. India has more than 130,000 dead and it’s hospitals are near capacity, in Mexico they’ve hit 100,000 dead, and in Europe, the death rate from COVID-19 is three times higher than the US. Read this article – The US could be on track to hit 1 million daily coronavirus cases by the end of 2020, a new report finds – those on the front line will not be getting a break anytime soon. Please just do the right thing for them!!
We’ve all been through a lot this year, with different levels of impact depending on where we are, but as this monster rages on, people are starting to understand that they cannot and should not bring families together to celebrate. The message is clear, if you don’t hold back this year, people at your table in 2020 will not be there in 2021. Of course, in the US, we know many will ignore this, and with COVID-19 moving into a devastating phase in much of the Northern Hemisphere, sorrow is certain to follow. It is very sad.
Obviously this is striking into the heart of the US right now, with Thanksgiving around the corner. But as we move towards the Christmas season, many of us will feel it too. We have a cure on the horizon, but it will be at least 12 months before we know we’ll have any level of control in regards to the pandemic. It’s so hard on so many and really, all that is required is: everyone does the necessary at the same time for as long as is needed to get it under control in the country or community they live in. Yet still so many resist. And those who have done the right thing, especially the elderly, are suffering this resistance.
Some hope emerged in recent weeks and if you have Hindu friends, you would have seen their beautiful, smaller gatherings happening all around the world, as they celebrated Diwali or Deepavali – the festival of light. According to Wikipedia, and my friends: Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Meaningful for our time, no? Take hope from their love for the world and their smaller celebrations – which were no less beautiful.
A somber time, a heartbreaking time, but we will get through, we will. Keep the faith my friends. Keep the faith and get creating.
The UN World Food Program has said that 2021 will be much worse than 2020 and they need our help. Can you forgo gift buying and donate to the WFP? Here are two links you can follow to help our neighbours in need. The UN Refugee Program and World Food Program. There is so much need out in the world. Let’s pull together.
Leading Change? Start Treating Uncertainty As The New Normal my friend Margie Warrell writes a compelling post for leaders managing in times of uncertainty. Excellent read.
How A Top Professional Speaker Pivoted Into A High-Revenue Virtual Career He Runs From The Countryside In Scotland And congratulations to James Taylor, who is featured in Forbes. James has done an amazing job and I am one at his feet, happy to learn.
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.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Nobel UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands tks Esha Batish
Banking On Climate Change – Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2020 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
1% of people cause half of global aviation emissions – study tks Kevin Cottam
Podcast: Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions – EP 1: What will the world look like after COVID-19? Launched this last week, will be listening in every week.
Rudy Giuliani’s son tests positive for coronavirus tks Frank Roberts
Second lockdown would leave Singaporeans ‘angsty and fractious’: PM Lee tks Simon Kearney
Virus wave must be fought without vaccines: WHO tks Esha Batish
Barack Obama über Politik und Privates | Markus Lanz vom 19. November 2020 – tks Karen Prager and don’t worry, it’s in English. Excellent interview
Rage Against the Voting Machine tks Patrice Robinet
‘MISLEADING’ STORY ABOUT BANGLADESHI ‘BOTS’ IN RUDD’S E-PETITION SLAMMED BY EXPERTS tks Phillipa Edwards
Keilar calls out McEnany’s prop used on Fox News
In 2016, Republicans Called Democrats ‘Sore Losers’ After Election tks Saxon Shirley
Business and Technology
Barack Obama’s Memoir is The Biggest Publishing Story of the Year tks Claude Calleja
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Curious Kumar – Happy Deepavali! – tks Roshini Ganesan
Passion, humour, history
You don’t (only) hate rich people, you hate capitalism tks Phillipa Edwards
People With Creative Personalities Really Do See The World Differently tks Nathan Midler
Anouk Bold is Beautiful: Pregnancy doesn’t mean the end of the Career
Let me know what got your attention this week?
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