Rethink

How the world should change after the coronavirus pandemic.

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20200709The Rethink project continues every month with a new debate exploring how the world should change after the coronavirus pandemic. BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan talks to a global panel about issues around inequality and intergenerational fairness - and asks how their own lives have been changed by the spectre of Covid-19.
Producer: Pete Hanington

Amol Rajan and a global panel discuss inequality and intergenerational fairness.

Behaviour Change20200929Has the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated how governments can change the behaviour of individuals? Or is the real lesson the way that citizens have started making radical decisions about their own health and lifestyles? Amol Rajan speaks to leading thinkers and policymakers about how our world should change post Covid-19. Is this a moment of opportunity for radical thinking, reshaping our politics, economies, societies and ecosystems?
Producer: Smita Patel

Has the pandemic shown that governments can change how citizens act?

Cities20200910Amol Rajan and guests discuss how urban environments should change post-coronavirus. He'll be joined by a panel of influential thinkers and policymakers, plus contributors from across the globe, to examine the changing nature of the city. They have been the driving force in creating wealth, innovation and culture over the last few centuries. But does a combination of Covid-19 and new technology mean that the need for dense concentrations of people is lessening? Many city dwellers - especially those recently forced to work from home - have wondered why they were paying high urban prices during lockdown and looked enviously at those in larger homes in suburbs or the countryside. Is now a moment to rethink conurbations - in terms of transport, planning and amenities - to move from a concrete jungle to a green and pleasant cityscape?
Producer: Pete Hanington
Leadership20200813The coronavirus pandemic has encouraged us to rethink our lives. Many people say they want to change the way they live and work, whilst some see this as a moment to radically rethink society. But are our political leaders a help or a hindrance to that change? What sort of leadership do we need in order to recover and rebuild and are there lessons for the UK in the way other world leaders are handling the pandemic and their plans for life after Coronavirus? In the latest Radio 4 Rethink programme Amol Rajan discusses this with a panel of thinkers and international voices

Presenter: Amol Rajan
Producer: Peter Hanington

What sort of leadership do we need in order to recover and rebuild after covid-19?

Rethink: What Do You Think?20200628Chris Mason takes your calls on how the world can change for the better after Covid-19.
The Long View20200626Jonathan Freedland and guests explore how Britain has recovered from crises in its history
01Rethink: The Edge Of Change20200622How has the coronavirus pandemic created an opportunity to reshape our world?

Amol Rajan and an international panel of guests discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has created an opportunity to reshape our world. In nations across the globe, it exposes underlying tensions within and between communities - whether over inequality, age, wealth or nationalism. Does this brutal disease paradoxically create the conditions necessary for radical change in our societies, economies and international relations?
Contributors include:
Tony Blair, former British prime minister
Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile
Kevin Rudd, former Australian prime minister
George Osborne, former British chancellor
Amani al-Khatahtbeh, author, tech entrepreneur and candidate for the United States House of Representatives
Zoltan Kovacs, Hungarian secretary of state for public diplomacy and relations

Producer: Ben Crighton
Researcher: Kirsteen Knight

02Rethink: Fast Forward20200623How Covid-19 accelerates changes to our world that were not expected until at least 2025.

Professor Rosie Campbell speeds into the future as she reveals how COVID19 is accelerating changes to our world that were not expected until at least 2025. How we work, travel, learn, and shop are all being transformed in the COVID crisis. Rosie examines how the pandemic is bringing forward changes to key aspects of our lives, and how the global virus emergency also exposes critical fault-lines in government, the economy and society which had been papered over but which cannot be ignored any longer.
Rethink: Fast Forward reveals how these forces might radically change our lives much sooner than we expect. Hierarchies that run along lines of race and economic background have been ruthlessly exposed by COVID; what happens when these social inequalities meet the accelerated change that remote working and increasing reliance on AI bring to our world?

Presenter: Prof Rosie Campbell, Professor of Politics, Kings College, London
Producer: Jonathan Brunert

03Rethink: How Change Happens20200624Amol Rajan and guests discuss how social transformation comes about.

The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have made lots of us rethink our lives. Many say they want to make changes to the way they work, whilst others see this as a pivotal moment to radically rethink society. But how do you actually implement change? What really drives it? How are obstacles to change overcome? Will perceived economic imperatives mean change is relegated to wishful thinking? BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan and guests discuss.

Producer: Jim Frank