‘When there is no script to follow, people improvise’
As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, we are seeing how scarcity and the most severe constraints are forcing people to innovate.
This is true for the health staff having to respond to unprecedented need and rapidly ramping up capacity. But it is also true for almost every part of society, from scientists collaborating across the world in new ways to companies and public services moving online in days (when previous plans for digitalisation would have taken months or years). Citizens are also finding new ways to tackle isolation and support their most vulnerable neighbours.
Beyond the lockdown, almost every sector is facing big challenges. Read about how Nesta is harnessing our existing work and knowledge in response to the outbreak.
Ravi Gurumurthy, Nesta Chief Executive
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Mapping the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries – To understand the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries, we’ve brought together a list of surveys that are gathering data from those affected. Hasan Bakhshi.