COVID-19 has caused a fundamental rethink of the global economy. Failing supply lines have called into question the wisdom of depending, even for our most basic needs, on production the other side of the world --a dependence that undermines local communities everywhere and places intolerable stress on the environment.
At the same time, many people have come to appreciate the value of a slower-paced, less stressful life: one that offers more time for friends and family, for baking, for growing a garden.
And, of course, we are more aware than ever before of the importance of our physical health. From sad experience, we now understand that wellbeing is the ultimate priority.
Public opinion seems to have turned firmly against going back to “business as usual”.
So where do we go instead?
This event will argue that a new economic paradigm is required. It’s called localization.