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Coronavirus crisis calls for a new “together,” the new common

Professors provide insight into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

New Common contributors

The book ‘The New Common How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Transforming Society’ presents the scientific views of some fifty experts on the way they think that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting society now and in the years to come.
In 31 chapters, they analyze the expected shifts in many major fields like health, education, finance, business, work, and citizenship, applying concepts from law, psychology, economics, sociology, religious studies, and computer science to express their views. The overview below presents more information about these contributing experts.

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Economy and Labor Market

  • Emile Aarts

    Emile Aarts

    #new common #society

    'The New Common is a team-science approach of Tilburg University to describe the early effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our society from a Social Sciences and Humanities perspective.'

    Emile Aarts

  • Sonja Bekker

    Sonja Bekker

    #labour market #poverty

    'Moving towards a new common means creating labour markets where all workers—irrespective of their employment relationship, age, or profession—have an income that meets basic needs.'

    Sonja Bekker

  • Wim Dubbink

    Wim Dubbink

    #ethics #newleaderschip #philosophy

    'Our old economy runs best on narcissistic profit-driven leadership, this will have to change.'

    Wim Dubbink

  • Sylvester Eijffinger

    Sylvester Eijffinger

    #socio-economic connections #opportunity

    'The corona crisis is an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with each other in the many socio-economic connections in which people live globally and regionally. There is a concrete case for a change in social and economic development based on a reflection on the relationship of the virtues of mercy and justice.'

    Sylvester Eijffinger

  • Hein Fleuren

    Hein Fleuren

    #new common #transition

    'This chapter coins and explains the concept of The New Common, as the quest for and transition towards a stronger and more inclusive togetherness following the Covid-19 crisis.'

    Hein Fleuren

  • TiSEM - Ronald de Jong

    Ronald de Jong

    #leadership #social responsibility

    'Responsible leaders are accountable for more than just the results of the organizations they lead. They understand their obligation towards society and take responsibility for the greater good and for shaping the new common…'

    Ronald de Jong

  • JADS - Maurits Kaptein

    Maurits Kaptein

    #science #societal values

    'Sometimes our policy decisions should be geared towards acquiring knowledge. In this Chapter Maurits explains that we should experiment more explicitly to efficiently learn our best courses of future action.'

     Maurits Kaptein

  • TiSEM - Arjan Lejour

    Arjan Lejour

    #publicfinance #taxes

    'The biggest economic impact of the Corona crisis is yet to come. Households will pay a great share of the bill.'

    Arjan Lejour

  • Kenny Meesters

    Kenny Meesters

    #transition #societal impact

    'The effective transition to a new common in our society depends on our ability to facilitate informed decision making for all stakeholders, not just crisis managers.'

    Kenny Meesters

  • CentERdata - Patricia Prüfer

    Patricia Prüfer

    #labormarket #skills #carreerswitch

    'On average, each job can be replaced by 33 others, in almost half of the cases even with an increase in salary.'

    Patricia Prüfer

  • Florian Sniekers

    Florian Sniekers

    #investments #macroeconomics

    'The government must continue to invest. Even after all those billions of corona support.'

    Florian Sniekers

  • Ton Wilthagen

    Ton Wilthagen

    #new common #labour market

    'This chapter coins and explains the concept of The New Common, as the quest for and transition towards a stronger and more inclusive togetherness following the Covid-19 crisis.'

    Ton Wilthagen

  • Charissa Freese

    Charissa Freese

    #labormarket #skills #carreerswitch

    'We need to guide people to other work at an earlier stage, involving all stakeholders'

    Charissa Freese

  • Borghouts

    Irmgard Borghouts

    #inclusiefHRM #werkzekerheid #sociaalbeleid

    'The house is on fire but the help we get to fight it is temporary'

    Irmgard Borghouts

Law, Administration and Governance

  • TLS - Linnet Taylor

    Linnet Taylor

    #solutionism #regulation

    'Some countries have done notably better than others in their response to Covid-19, namely Southeast and East Asian nations who had for decades prepared and practiced for a pandemic. In contrast many Northern countries have turned to technology to fill the gap in preparation. This essay seeks the lessons we can learn.'

    Linnet Taylor

  • Corien Prins

    Corien Prins

    #values and principles #legal system

    'The Coronacrisis requires us to rethink familiar arrangements, among them those included in law. But which considerations do we need to focus on if we are to reinvent our legal system?'

    Corien Prins

  • Jonathan Verschuuren

    Jonathan Verschuren

    #environment #sustainability

    'Zoonoses have become a climate problem.'

    Jonathan Verschuuren

  • Ton Wilthagen

    Ton Wilthagen

    #new common #labour market

    'This chapter coins and explains the concept of The New Common, as the quest for and transition towards a stronger and more inclusive togetherness following the Covid-19 crisis.'

    Ton Wilthagen

Care and Health

  • Petri Embregts

    Petri Embregts

    #transparancy #e-health

    'The new common means retaining what works for people with intellectual disabilities, giving their care professionals the freedom to be creative and further developing eHealth solutions. But above all, it means fostering new developments in collaboration with people with intellectual disabilities themselves, as well as with their relatives. Let’s have an open and transparent conversation and pursue tailor-made solutions together.'

    Petri Embregts

  • JADS - Maurits Kaptein

    Maurits Kaptein

    #science #societal values

    'Sometimes our policy decisions should be geared towards acquiring knowledge. In this Chapter Maurits explains that we should experiment more explicitly to efficiently learn our best courses of future action.'

     Maurits Kaptein

  • Gaëtan Mertens

    Gaëtan Mertens

    #fear #health #psychology

    'In the long run, it is important that people's fears about, for example, the health of their loved ones or the economic consequences of the pandemic decrease.'

    Gaëtan Mertens

  • Ashley Metz

    Ashley Metz

    #privacy #technology #health

    'Privacy considerations weigh heavily when it comes to using health apps, but when it comes down to it, people are willing to compromise.'

    Ashley Metz 

  • Michele Nuijten

    Michèle Nuijten

    #methodology #scientific progress

    'We need efficient ways to assess the robustness of fast science. We can do that by first verifying reported numbers and performing sensitivity analyses before conducting a replication study.'

    Michèle Nuijten

  • TSB - Tim Reeskens

    Tim Reeskens

    #sociology #values

    'Based on longitudinal panel data, we demonstrate that public opinion largely remained stable amidst during the first lockdown (May 2020), questioning the extent the coronavirus crisis will fundamentally change our values and opinions.'

    Tim Reeskens

  • Margriet Sitskoorn

    Margriet Sitskoorn

    #new common #dynamic

    'The New Common is a starting point for a New Together in which everyone with their own talents and expertise can contribute to the development and formation of our society. Important here is that it is not a static but a dynamic perspective.'

    Margriet Sitskoorn

  • Marino van Zelst

    Marino van Zelst

    #organizations #corona #datascience

    'The corona pandemic is a crisis in all areas. You cannot deal with this based on a purely medical-biological advice.'

    Marino van Zelst

Culture and Society

  • TST - Frank Bosman

    Frank Bosman

    #theology #social distancing

    'Another possible risk of this crisis is the deification of protocols, the substitution of the old transcendental God of monotheism for an immanent uncritical belief in the human possibilities of controlling our life and containing all harm threatening it.'

    Frank Bosman

  • Hein Fleuren

    Hein Fleuren

    #new common #transition

    'This chapter coins and explains the concept of The New Common, as the quest for and transition towards a stronger and more inclusive togetherness following the Covid-19 crisis.'

    Hein Fleuren

  • Odile Heynders

    Odile Heynders

    #literature #interrelationship of times

    'The new common can be understood as ‘contemporaneous moment’. The consequences of Covid-19 are already described in several literary texts in which authors imagined how viruses disturb the lives of people.'

    Odile Heynders

  • Ruud Welten (Gender Unlimited 2021)

    Ruud Welten

    #philosophy #history

    'Mass tourism looks seems like a collective compulsive neurosis; the feeling that you ‘must’ have seen the world is a false problem.'

    Ruud Welten

  • Archibald van Wieringen

    Archibald van Wieringen

    #theology #social distancing

    'Another possible risk of this crisis is the deification of protocols, the substitution of the old transcendental God of monotheism for an immanent uncritical belief in the human possibilities of controlling our life and containing all harm threatening it.'

    Archibald van Wieringen 

  • Nathan Wildman

    Nathan Wildman

    #technology #social living

    'In our chapter, we argue that the coronavirus crisis, and especially the associated lockdown, has made it clear that high-speed internet access is a necessary good for modern social living.'

    Nathan Wildman

Education

  • TLS - Maurice Adams

    Maurice Adams

    #education #enhancing

    'It is striking that up until date there is little attention for informal educational activities. My contribution is about this neglect and the proposition is that the coronavirus crisis offers significant opportunities for a ‘new educational common’ at universities in this respect.'

    Maurice Adams

  • TLS - Colette Cuijpers

    Colette Kuijpers

    #online education #digital

    'Online education presents challenges in terms of quality and validity of education and diplomas. Digital technologies like proctoring can overcome these challenges, but impact privacy. A weighing of interests is thus required.'

    Colette Kuijpers

  • Kenny Meesters

    Kenny Meesters

    #transition #societal impact

    'The effective transition to a new common in our society depends on our ability to facilitate informed decision making for all stakeholders, not just crisis managers.'

    Kenny Meesters

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.