BACKOFFICE - WE ARE RESILIENT

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NicolaCopenhagen, DanimarcaMoney
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NikYakutsk, RussiaI wonder which crisis I am meant to use to get something good out of. COVID-19 kinda sucks in any matter besides amplifying defects and discrepancies of existing systems thus opening path for better ones. What I am truly looking forward is the end of gerontocracy around the world and demise of ultra-rich
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SylvieBelvès, Pays-de-Belvès, FranciaIn my village in France, local shops have been closing for decades as bigger supermarkets move in. Since this crisis started, the remaining local businesses have been delivery groceries to elder people who cannot leave the house. Village residents have recognised this and are starting to shop in the local stores again.
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Adriana WalshDublin, IrelandAppreciation. Hopefully people will be more grateful for what they have. Families will be happy for all the memories created during this time. Communities will be grateful for the members that are on it. Companies will realize that their most important asset is their employees. People will understand and be happy for being part of all the above.
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Marinel GourmeitteSantiago, ChileCambio de cultural empresarial, innovación, valorar las empresas pequeñas . Empatía y solidaridad.
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Forum ShahMumbai, Maharashtra, IndiaI believe I will be buying essentials in terms of clothes, food, furniture as per requirement and not just because I am bored or I need some change. I believe the definition of luxury will get redefined. The realization of being privileged will help you choose things in a different way. I will be more careful in consumption of goods and services both. "Less is just enough" could be a way of life and utility of local products and resources will be more
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GilianFordoun, Laurencekirk, Reino UnidoI live in the countryside and am currently at home alone looking after two small children. Before this crisis, I had almost no contact with the few neighbours I have but they have created a group chat for me and check-in every day to ask if I am ok or need something from the shops. Living in remote locations means community is even more important and this situation has brought us together.
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RosieLondon, Reino UnidoI am more appreciative of simplicity and also realise how connected I still am to my friends, despite the lock-down. So I’m more emotionally resilient. For the community, we will be more resilient as we have learned to consider each other so much more, from not panic buying to physically being aware of each other as we move around.
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Evan FarbsteinMalmö, SueciaI'm hoping the we'll see work-from-home becoming the default, rather than the exception (at least for employees whose duties are WFH-able). WFH improves quality of life factors for employees – like time with family, eliminating commuting – and lowers the amount of office space the employer needs to rent.
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Pernilla HallbergLjungskile, SverigeIt´s somewhat exciting to actually feel the change coming and to be a part of it, as it evolves. I think that my -and others- working-life will never be quite the same. We are learning new technics to communicate and work from home - and companies work hard to create the right infrastructure for their employees, in this new era. An era that has been a lot of talk about since the late 90-s, but were nothing really happened. And now it actually is happening. In a few weeks!
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JordiBarcelona, EspanyaAhora tenemos la oportunidad de elegir el camino de la esperanza o el caos. Confío mas en la inteligencia del ser humano, que en la IA.
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MENEND ESEMENLIİstanbul, TurkeyThis was a wake-up call for carrying the theme of "resilience" much more to our lives from different perspectives. Resilience is not only important in urban planning level, but also very critical to be practiced for ourselves, our families and the companies that we are working for. i.e. How much resilient is our business? How can we improve our skills to anticipate better, absorb any shock, adapt to the changes after the cards are re-distributed and keep on moving by transforming our businesses.
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JosepSpainWe have to realize that people are vulnerable and we have to collaborate and work together against external factor that put Humanity in danger.
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GurkeeratNavi Mumbai, Maharashtra, IndiaCrisis and disasters will be taken more seriously and better prepared response
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AlejandroValencia, EspañaI think more attention will be paid to the environmental problems that cities suffer and their impact on people
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MARINA PÉREZAmbato, EcuadorUnidos como familia y conociendo que el espacio interior es importante.
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EnmanuelValencia, EspañaPara mí ser mas empatico con las personas que estan alrededor. Para mí familia ser mas conscientes que no estamos solos y neceistamos la ayuda de otros. Para la ciudad espero que sea un cambio para pensar en de lo individual a lo colectivo.
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Giancarlo P. ManfrediSanta Marinella, RM, ItaliaThe opportunity (unfortunately not so certain) to start again with a sustainable lifestyle in a global vision of the complex risks we will face. At local level the (difficult) understanding of community interdependence mechanisms and bottom-up responses to upcoming emergencies. On a personal level one word: smartworking, which would mean more free time to ride my bike...
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AntonioMilano, MI, ItaliaFor the sake of the economic recovery, policymakers and producers will temporarly pause any action towards sustainable or climate transition. This will take place in a never-ending "emergency" situation in which contingency will have the priority on sustainability. Long-term visions will be replaced once again by short term goals of GDP and demagogy will have even more a central role in this.
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BeccaMalmö, SverigeSelf: Its caused me to self reflect, slow down and see the true value in things. I've realised how supportive and wonderful my close network is and to nourish that. City/comminity: I think this will bring greater awareness to the threat we face from the effects we are causing to our climate. It will give us a new base to be able to build upon, hopefully for the better.
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Charlie Bristol, UKMe- I have the chance to do more things that I wouldn’t normally get to do whilst working. As a busy primary school teacher, I am always so snowed under with work. I have had the time to practice piano again, do daily yoga and take up regular running. I have also thoroughly enjoyed having more time to cook in the kitchen. This has changed my mindset and well-being overall as before this, I was very stressed and down quite a lot.
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TristanManhattan, New York, NY, USAI believe it will teach us how to come together and collaborate at the large scale. We’re forced to in these times, but if anything, this is showing us the power of collective we can harness to direct this strength towards tackling climate change, for example!
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Stephanie Nairobi, KeniaI am afraid that inequality will rise, leading to more violence and conflict. The positive thing is that learned to appreciate my family and our good life even more than before and that I feel there is a lot of solidarity in the world around me.
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Tongfei Jin Qingdao, Shandong, ChinaKeep social distance. Blossom of online shopping. Creating much more flexible networks with other communities.
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Manuela Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BrasilI guess union and empathy will be the long-term positive changes that this crisis will bring for my family and community. My family got closer and now we take some time to meditate and pray together . The empathy towards the others grew as well. In the end of the day , I’m positive with all these changes and I’m hopping a better world whenever this pandemia ends . I hope we value every hug and every kiss that we share and that we be thankful for our health.
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Katja SchäferBerlin, Germanyhaving learnt to work in teams online and from remote locations will allow us to prioritize the way we co-work while reducing our ecological footprint.
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AliciaSan Nicolás de los Garza, N.L., MéxicoSaldremos muy fortalecidos!! no es fácil, pero nos hemos ocupado desde casa trabajando a distancia, estudiando, conviviendo en nuestra pequeña ciudad(nuestro hogar), siendo muy empáticos y tolerantes. Nos hemos reconocido mejor como familia!! . Como ciudad observó solidaridad entre la comunidad, aun y sin vernos se siente ese interés por ayudarnos entre todos, al revisar las redes, leer los mensajes de los grupos locales, me doy cuenta que hay necesidades pero hay esperanza aun!!
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EscarletMaytheLima, PerúI think that after the pandemic, society will have more resilience and improve the habits of coexistence, which will help us to move forward with innovative proposals that are adapted to the different realities that are found in my country. This quarantine situation has also made us think a lot about the city as such, the environmental conditions, the space we inhabit and the conditioning we find in it.
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Catalina Medellín, Antioquia, ColombiaTraerá grandes cambios en como nos estamos relacionando con el otro, la movilidad, la economía, Espero que tengamos mas conciencia frente al consumo, que nuestra economía se empodere en productos locales y le demos mas valor a nuestra cultura.
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JavoLong Island City, Queens, NY, USAIt's hard not not feel anxious amidst this crisis, especially being an immigrant in the US, and considering how the Federal government and many people are prioritizing "the economy" over human lives and the fight against the spread of the virus. Still, I feel hopeful that we, the empathetic and humane, are the majority, and that through solidarity, patience and science, we will overcome this crisis.
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LeilaBuenos Aires, ArgentinaPor un lado, esta crisis nos deja una lección muy importante para trabajar de cara al futuro inmediato: contar con un fuerte sistema de salud pública, capaz de responder a las emergencias sanitarias, donde todxs podamos acceder a él sin importar nuestra posición económica. Por el otro, queda demostrado que el rol del Estado es fundamental para gestionar este y cualquier otro tipo de crisis, entonces todxs lxs ciudadanxs debemos ser más responsables a la hora de elegir a nuestros mandatarios para garantizarnos que haya una respuesta sensata durante una crisis (y fuera de ella también).
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Terry HuangNew York, NY, USAWe will be more productive no matter where we are.
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FijulaCologne, DeutschlandIt will bring more value to life and it brings us closer to everyone. Concerning family life as much as other areas of life. We are just experiencing a kind of reset from where we can start again with more appreciation for our personal life and the world we are living in. Health will not just be looking healthy but actually being healthy, strong and able to cope with whatever threatens our physical balance.
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Vidhi ThakralNagpur, Maharashtra, IndiaThe family will stand together and strong. Have been practising meditation 🧘‍♀️ with family and the crisis have brought us all together.Stay fit stay at home
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LuckyAccra, GhanaEconomic system would be slow
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Lisa CavicchiaToronto, ON, CanadaI am hoping that we can take the opportunity to fix the cracks in our systems so that we build a just economy that equalizes opportunities and outcomes for all
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RoxanneAtlanta, GA, USAWe, the young people are hopeful to see a more humane city, where people and the natural ecosystem co-exist in harmony and are protected by all systems in place - whether private or public. We hope that homelessness will not be just temporarily resolved, but rather be the beginning of a systemic, deeper long term solution. We hope that the systems in place would adjust to enable all people to breathe and not be dependant on non-vacation-work in order to survive.
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Olivia HNottingham, UKAs a type 1 diabetic in a long distance relationship (partner is a senior registrar on the front line in ICU), I’m taking everyday as it comes - trying to see the good in everyday with lots of planning, getting involved as much as possible, but also allowing myself a few days here and there, to wallow- because it’s hard and new.
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MaríaPamplona, EspañaYes, we can
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HanishBrooklyn, NY, USAThis is not the first time we have faced such a catastrophic event, and every time we came out stronger. I hope we learn from our mistakes and work to make this world a better place.
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NicolasCape Coral, FL, USAPatience, ability to be alone at home without getting bored
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MaitêTeresina, PI, BrasilAcredito que esta crise vai dar uma atenção renovada sobre as relações de trabalho e consumo derivadas dela. O pensar coletivo fez muita gente atuar/colaborar de forma remota e descobrir que isso funciona na real. E a gente pensa agora, que empresas exigem de fato a presença física do funcionário? A adoção de novos estilos de vida ou hábitos mais saudáveis e sustentáveis convergem com a mobilização do consumidor para fazer suas compras necessárias junto a produtores e comércios locais. É a oportunidade reconsiderar as prioridades de nossas vidas de uma perspectiva mais consciente.
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Rodrigo GuardiaBuenos Aires, Argentina I believe (and i hope) that we should be more aware of the damage we do to the planet. I personally think about being more responsible with caring for the environment
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NaelleTeresina, PI, BrasilEu acredito que essa crise tornará as pessoas mais conscientes dos impactos das suas ações, analisando melhor suas decisões, e capazes de pensar no bem comum.
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Lina L. London, UKI understand more and more the value of just standing still and being happy with it. Also spending so much time at home makes me re-evaluate what I really need from a home, ie. never again a house without a balcony! As a society, I hope we keep showing our appreciation for all these people that make sure our cities continue to function while we stay at home. As city dwellers we have the opportunity to re-think how we want to live together again! Let’s get creative and make our cities a better place for all!
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D AitkenBlenheim, New ZealandI hope it will bring continued perspective for the thing that matters most - people, and their ongoing wellness.
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Juan Miguel JuradoMungia, EspañaEl replantear el estilo de vida, valorar el disfrute de los espacios verdes ( su importancia e influencia en la salud de las personas, consumo responsable, conocer el por qué de las enfermedades zoonóticas y cómo la naturaleza actúa como barrera ante ellas, concienciar sobre la importancia de la ciencia, procesos comunitarios, viviendas dignas, esta situación además, ayuda a visibilizar la desigualdad dentro de las ciudades y territorios, es una buena oportunidad para empezar un cambio desde lo comunal hasta lo global.
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MichałTychy, PolskaSome cities will learn from it and some will regress.
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CeliaMadrid, EspañaI am studying french again!! If I want to work as humanitarian, I need the french language to find a job or an opportunity, so, being at home has brought this change for me, I have a little time to open my french books and I am using skype to talk with a french teacher.
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Frances LinShanghai, ChinaKnowing the power that comes with collaborative creativity. Everyone contributing in their own way, does make a difference. We can figure it out together.
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Luke CARDEWShanghai, ChinaCompanies/organisations responsible for people’s livelihood will hopefully see the fragility society and build more sustainable corporations. 2 months people. 2 months. That’s all it took? A giant leap forward for the acceptance of working from anywhere. Live-streaming acceptance/understanding accelerated. Dads started calling me. Wonderful! Sis still isn’t:(
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Lina MartinezCaliNos va a cambiar nuestro consumos, pensar las formas en que nos acercamos y mantenemos nuestras relaciones. Vamos a crear otras redes, comprar local, dar y ser generosos con nuestros vecinos. Vamos a salir mejor de esta crisis, fortalecidos, comunitarios, locales.
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AndrewEast 110th Street, New York, NY, USABetter perspective on who matters in our lives, what we really need and, hopefully, reduced consumption! Maybe we can tackle climate change and biodiversity loss after all. But we have to reconsider the public sector—private enterprise cannot solve everything; especially when the common good clashes with the interests of profit. NYC is helping me realize that we need to cooperate now more than ever.
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Jose Manuel Mendoza NasserManhattan, New York, NY, USAThe opportunity available out of this crisis for my company, VIRIDI International and myself, is to redefine and redesign our project in Nepal so that it reflects what we are commuted to transform and impact, as partners for the development of communities and the country.
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Filiep DecorteRichfield Springs, NY, USAMore resilient urban rural linkages
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Stephanie Indianapolis, IN, USAI see increased perspective, prioritizing, acknowledgement of privilege, and a greater respect for all humans and not simply those who provide a certain service or have a certain something to offer. I experience a greater appreciation for what my senses offer me- I’m taking less things for granted, such as hearing birds chirping and smelling flowers. My connection to loved ones is deeper and feels more meaningful. My hope is that through this worldwide common experience those who are oppressed are less so, and those who have privilege, will acknowledge and act with grace, generosity, and humility.
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Thalia Ohana Monteiro LimaPiripiri, PI, Brasilpreocupação com a higiene constante. proliferação de doença se tornará mais difícil.
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Lee-AnneNairobi, KenyaUptake in virtual learning and capacity building, lessening the digital divide while increasing innovation.
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Santiago Santibañez Cali, Valle del Cauca, ColombiaLa forma de pensar de la comunidad esta cambiando de una individualista a una más colectiva, pensando en que mis acciones pueden afectar no solo a mi, sino a los demás.
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Manuela La Paz, BoliviaThis quarantine is crating a resurgence of solidarity among self-organised citizens within our communities. I live in La Paz Bolivia, and we have been in quarantine since March 22. Only people over 18 and under 65 can leave their homes once a week (in a walking distance) to buy food or medicine, depending on the number their identity document ends. For example, those that end in 1-2 leave on Monday; 3-4 on Tuesday, etc. Like most countries , only supermarkets and drugstores are open. The problem here, is that there aren’t many supermarkets in the city and buying food became very difficult. To solve this problem, residents of many neighborhoods, created WhatsApp groups, where neighbors help neighbors by coordinating orders and product delivery directly from distributors.
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Christiane OliveiraRio de Janeiro, BrazilIt will bring up the necessity to discuss in a profound way means to make our society less inequal.
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Tiago MarquesTeresina, State of Piauí, BrazilEu acredito que essa crise ajudará a repensar nossas atitudes acerca do surgimento de pandemias e desastres que em sua maioria são causados pelo homem. Além disso, poderá mudar nosso pensamento sobre o habitar e o consumir e partir para práticas sustentáveis e resilientes. EN: I believe in a social changing through our attitudes about the emergence of pandemics, and man-made and natural disasters. In addition, may change at our thoughts about the human life and experience, and set off on sustainable and resilient practices.
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NicolaCopenhagen, DenmarkResilience
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Arianne AlzolaBarcelona, EspañaEsta crisis me ha dado la oportunidad de expandir mi estudio de interiorismo enfocado a Retail. Y aunque parezca contradictorio ya que todo el sector Retail está parado, he conseguido captar nuevos clientes ofreciéndoles un asesoramiento muy económico para relanzar sus negocios cuando la fase de confinamiento acabe.
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Nuria Barcelona, EspañaFor me, having acquired more flexibility to navigate uncertainties, and setting time to learn and grow without rush. For my community, awareness about the importance of quality public space, the importance of cross-generational human exchange. For my city, cleaner air, more silence to hear nature and revised consummer patters.
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Alexis PercivalLeeds, UKMore cycling, more walking, fewer car journeys, more connectedness online Community building. There seems to be an awokeness about the environment and how fragile we are
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YanaSaint Petersburg, RussiaTo me, this crisis gives a unique chance to change our economic, urban and social models, evidence in real time the effects of our footprint, people becoming more aware of the fact that all is interdependant, and the fragility of the eco-system balance. Seeing how fast nature and other animals regain their territories when given an opportunity, in my opinion should remind us it is not just all about the humans, and our resilience goes hand-in-hand with the well-being of the planet and its other cohabitants.
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EstelaPretoria, South AfricaI believe that this crisis has brought to light the great inequalities of the world we live in, in an unprecedented way. While this is a temporary situation, the struggle through this period and the potential of resilience afterwards is certainly not the same for all of us. Indeed, the strict lockdown measures in South Africa although apparently necessary, are causing much pain to a lot of people. However, it seems to me that there is now a greater awareness on the importance of socio-economic justice. Thus, I see this crisis as a great lesson and as a great opportunity given to the world. I hope that it will serve as a stimulus not only for the emergence of new socio-economic and political redistributive initiatives, but for the establishment in the long-term of a new mentality of life.
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Paola CárdenasLima, PerúThis pandemic has made us rediscover our neighborhood. Families, businesses, suppliers of products and services nearby, who have found in the confinement an opportunity and strength to attend their needs and openness to new local markets.
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LeoYakutsk, РоссияTo share experiences will help to go through this "no way" situation faster. Hope we will ready for autumn-winter virus ressurection
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vBrooklyn, NY, USAA lot
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Ana Luiza Ribeiro Carvalho São João del-Rei - MG, BrasilPersonally, the change will be internal and will bring me closer to things related about collective, comunnity and sustainability. And for my family I believe that union and respect are the greatest lessons we are having with this crisis
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MohammadFamagusta, Cyprusaffordable and free online education services
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Irina Santiago de Chile, ChilePara mí: la crisis me está dando mucha más motivación e impulso para apostar por proyectos personas que no había abordado por miedo o falta de seguridad en sí misma. Para la compañía con la que trabajo: migrarán a la modalidad del teletrabajo para siempre, trabajaremos vía remota por lo que tendremos un poco más de tiempo para compartir con los seres queridos y dedicar a proyectos personales. Para mí familia: tal vez ahora valoraremos mucho más él hecho de poder estar juntos cosa que se dificulta al vivir en urbes donde la rutina laboral es tan absorbente y no queda mucho tiempo para el despeje. Para mí ciudad: me alegra saber que estos meses de estar detenidas, pueda impactar en el medio ambiente, que hayamos contribuido con un granito de arena.
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Irina Santiago de Chile, ChilePara mí: la crisis me está dando mucha más motivación e impulso para apostar por proyectos personas que no había abordado por miedo o falta de seguridad en sí misma. Para la compañía con la que trabajo: migrarán a la modalidad del teletrabajo para siempre, trabajaremos vía remota por lo que tendremos un poco más de tiempo para compartir con los seres queridos y dedicar a proyectos personales. Para mí familia: tal vez ahora valoraremos mucho más él hecho de poder estar juntos cosa que se dificulta al vivir en urbes donde la rutina laboral es tan absorbente y no queda mucho tiempo para el despeje. Para mí ciudad: me alegra saber que estos meses de estar detenidas, pueda impactar en el medio ambiente, que hayamos contribuido con un granito de arena a bajarle al smoke.
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SumeetNew Delhi, Delhi, IndiaIt will help to highlight the importance of strengthening physical and social infrastructure, particularly health infrastructure and also speed up projects for planned development. It may also force urban planners to rethink their approach to slums and squatters in the city. Citizens would lay greater emphasis on hygiene practices. Planners may stop treating urban spaces as commercial assets and develop more green areas.
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Jordi SalaÀrea Metropolitana de Barcelona, EspanyaHace mucho que estamos en parálisis por el análisis es la hora de la acción, ejecución de estrategias, proyectos, pilotos, etc.
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IsabelCaracas, Capital District, VenezuelaI believe the empowerment of the local resources is one of the biggest change in the city dynamics, because this develop a new behavior, in the planning, the social, the politic and economic field, pushing the professionals to innovate and create new responses according to the current needs of the citizens.
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Evelyn TehGeorge Town, Penang, MalaysiaMalaysia's policy and investment on public health has proven to be a shield to our society amidst this unprecedented pandemic. While socioeconomic losses are significant, the community are helping each other out by offering financial and food aid to those in need. I believe these testing times are making people more conscious about living as a society and it has also made people think deeply about the uncertainty of the future and how we could abandon that which doesn't serve us (e.g. systems that perpetuates inequality, poverty and environmentally unsustainable development) and take this opportunity to really shift the paradigm and build back better, together.
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