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From corona crisis to a New Common

Editorial 1 min.

2020 was the year of the Covid-19 pandemic. The end of the pre-Covid era began for the Netherlands on 27 February, when the first patient was admitted to the ETZ hospital in Tilburg. Almost one year later, the beginning of the post-Covid era is hopefully in sight. The virus has changed the world in so many ways: for better and for worse, both temporarily and forever.

This crisis has forced us to think about what really matters in life. Around fifty researchers, lecturers and students at Tilburg University did the same and, in the summer of 2020, published the book The New Common. How the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Transforming Society. They used the crisis to identify the problems that the crisis has magnified throughout our society and to pinpoint the opportunities and responsibilities we have to tackle these problems once and for all. It is an initiative that characterizes Tilburg University’s drive to fully understand society through science and to lay the foundation for a society that is better for everyone. 

In the words of this project’s initiators, this society could become ‘a new common’, a space defined by what our old society lacked: international solidarity, sustainability, diversity and inclusiveness – among young and old, rich and poor, people with and without employment, people with and without a migrant background and people of any sexual orientation.

It’s up to us to make it happen together

How? Hopefully by learning lessons from the Covid crisis. By making constructive use of the digital transformation that is taking place. By taking our shared humanity as a starting point. And by working with renewed energy to achieve objectives such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Even our brightest scientific minds do not have ready-made solutions: everyone can only see a small piece of the puzzle. And there’s always room for improvement. But it’s up to us to make it happen together; doing nothing is simply not an option.

The editors of Tilburg University Magazine wish every single reader of this New Common edition a plentiful supply of inspiration, creativity and drive for the new year. And of course the very best of health.


Unlocking The New Common

In  between lockdowns, scientists entered into a dialogue with representatives of Tilburg society. In five rounds, they addressed the question "How does the corona epidemic affect our society?" Watch the video for an impression.

The 'New Common'

The corona crisis has compounded major societal challenges. Tilburg University shares knowledge and insights to reshape our society. We are happy to discuss this New Common.