Learning fast from Covid-19 - how are societies changing?

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Read our blog piece about our first event:

Eight great ideas from 'Learning fast from Covid-19'

About the event

In the first event of the series our guests, Indy Johar, Ndidi Nwuneli, Bernadia Tjandradewi and our host Karl Belizaire will investigate the social and economic impact of Covid-19 and the scale of change across our communities. Join us to explore:

  • How governments, institutions, businesses and civil society organisations are responding  
  • What the pandemic has revealed about our humanity and our values
  • How Covid-19 has exposed inequalities, what this means for equality and inclusion and what we need to do to rebuild a fairer society 

From this plenary edition of our series, we will identify the key emerging themes to address for our societies to move forward. Each theme will be the focus of an event during this series and we invite you to share your thoughts and any additional topics you would like us to cover via #ConnectedByConversations.

About the speakers

Ndidi Nwuneli works across West Africa, using her innovative business models to fight malnutrition, reduce post-harvest losses among smallholder farmers and displace imports. She also founded LEAP Africa which inspires, empowers and equips dynamic young leaders in Africa. Among other accolades, Ndidi was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has received a National Honour from the Nigerian Government. 

Indy Johar is an architect who applies design thinking to global issues such as equality and the environment. Indy has founded various enterprises including Dark Matter - a field laboratory that aims to radically redesign the institutional infrastructure of our cities, regions and towns for a more democratic, distributed great transition. Indy is an Advisor to the Mayor of London on Good Growth.

Bernadia Tjandradewi is the Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific section. Bernadia has been working in urban development and related fields for more than 15 years. In 2015, she was appointed as a member of the Advisory Group on Gender Issues (AGGI) of UNHABITAT . Her interests focus on strategic urban planning, climate change, disaster management, water management, women’s empowerment, local governance and international cooperation to address local and global challenges. 

Karl Belizaire – Moderator and Senior Consultant, British Council. International agent of change Karl Belizaire has enabled leadership and capacity building to support more inclusive communities across five major continents. International education collaborator and social enterprise supporter, Karl currently leads our flagship education conference Going Global, as well as delivering a massive open online course as lead educator for Ideas for a Better World. 

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