This event is part of the PROGRESS Webinar Series “Governance in Times of Crises: A New Social Contract for the 21st Century”.
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare numerous societal and political frictions that erode our communities’ resilience to severe crises. Two decades into the 21st century – and further into an era called Anthropocene by climatologists and geologists alike – that is bad news. Whether pandemics, climate change, loss of livelihoods, or forced migration: the Anthropocene (the “age of human-made challenges”) calls for united, responsible, and global solutions at the interface of science, society, and public policy. Yet, polarization, populism, authoritarianism, and illegitimate governance are on the rise – exponentially, it seems. What are the root causes of such dangerous trajectories? How far are they correlated with the threats and crises of the Anthropocene? What are the ways to overcome humanity’s largest quest?
The panel discussion will bring together three eminent scholars and thought leaders to address these issues and identify ingredients for resilient societies in the 21st century.
The series is jointly sponsored and organized by the Program on Governance, Resilience and Sustainability (PROGRESS), College of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar; Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE), Virginia Tech, USA; and Deborah Brosnan & Associates, USA.