Rural well-being

An imagined country

In the early stages of the pandemic, the focus was squarely on cities. Urban density and shared spaces contributed to surging case numbers and deaths: before June, the rise in excess deaths was more than three times higher in large metropolitan areas compared to remote regions. But rural areas still reeled from the economic impacts. Businesses closed to comply with containment measures, trade slowed, and tourism activity all but ceased.

Going local in a global crisis

Going local in a global crisis – COVID-19 has unleashed the worst jobs crisis in a generation. The latest figures from the OECD’s Economic Outlook are striking. Compared to the last quarter of 2019, hours worked fell over 15% in the Euro Area, the United Kingdom and Canada in the second quarter of 2020, and by over 10% in the US.

It is our responsibility to make the future inclusive and sustainable

Will all workers be displaced by machines? As history has shown, some jobs are destroyed and others are created. The future lies in closer collaboration between humans and machines. In this context, a new generation of entrepreneurs is ongoing, innovative and tied to strong values. Conscious by our planet’s situation, having grown up in a world punctuated by crisis, they have decided to act and create startups that have social and environmental positive impact.

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