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Mental Biases in a Pandemic

Expert Contributor Kevin Benedict puts a spotlight on our human tendency to apply past experiences to new and uncharted territory, highlighting the irrationality of it. Facing the COVID-19 pandemic will require new approaches to risk and disaster.

Speed, Accidents and Pandemics

The advent of the speed of travel has advanced the human race markedly. It has also come at a price. Expert Contributor Kevin Benedict raises this important point and suggests we provide the infrastructure to endure the flip side of our innovations.

 

A Faustian Bargain Involving Privacy, Pandemic and a Functioning Economy

Privacy may be at stake as the rise of apps in South Korea and China allow citizens and the government, respectively, to determine the COVID-19 status and risk profiles of individuals. Expert Contributor Kevin Benedict compares this to a “Faustian Bargain” – a sort of trade-off that people make to secure the functioning of our societies.

Flattening the Curve of a Risky Future

Expert Contributor Kevin Benedict looks to the post-pandemic version of normal, interrogating the extent of our new-found awareness of risk. Encouraging strategy that includes a focus on risk can certainly help organisations and governments better prepare for disaster response.