More than a Virtue: Strategic Empathy for Smarter Policy During COVID-19 and Beyond

Recorded in June 2020.

2020 will be remembered as the year when a novel strain of coronavirus spread around the globe, leaving a trail of death, despair and disruption in its wake. In this podcast, we explore the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting lives worldwide. We ask how it will change the world as we know it – from the global economy and geopolitics to the long-term consequences for people, societies and cultures. And we want to know: What can we learn from this pandemic and our responses to it?

In this episode of the Global Strain podcast, Joel Sandhu meets with Jessica Berlin to talk about the notion of strategic empathy, and how it can help individuals as well as institutions bring about change in times of crises like the current COVID-19 outbreak and in our everyday life.

Jessica Berlin is a security and foreign policy expert turned sustainable business and strategy innovator. As the founder and managing director of CoStruct, she helps public, private and nonprofit organizations tackle global challenges with sustainable, scalable solutions. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Paris-based think tank Europa Nova and a GGF 2035 fellow. In 2018, Jessica gave a TEDx talk about dehumanization and empathy in policy, business, and society. Jessica's TEDx talk has been highly praised.

Global Strain Podcast is produced by the team from the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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