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> Let us give the future another chance
Laura Basu is a writer and independent scholar affiliated with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Utrecht University and Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the co-founder of the Amsterdam-based project Good Societies, which aims to develop ideas for new social structures. Since 2019, she has been Europe Editor for openDemocracy’s new economics section, ourEconomy.
> The post-pandemic city beyond state and market: a thought experiment
Colleen Boland is Research Manager at Common Action Forum. She holds an M.A. from SOAS, University of London and PhD in Sociology of Migration from Complutense University of Madrid. She has previously served as Managing Editor of the International Journal of Health Services. Research areas of interest include international migration, diversity management and religion.
A former employment lawyer and magistrate, Manuela Carmena recently governed as mayor of Madrid from 2015 to 2019. She served as a judge for over 30 years, as well as spokesperson for Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary from 1996 to 2001. She co-founded the law firm targeted in an infamous far-right terrorist attack, known as the Atocha massacre. She retired in 2010 and founded an NGO to support underprivileged collectives through local trade. She has also served as Chair-Rapporteur of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and has authored several books.
Herta Däubler-Gmelin served as Germany’s Minister of Justice (1998 – 2002) and as congresswoman in the Bundestag for over 30 years and SPD vice-president for ten years. She chaired the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. She has written several books, continues to practice law, integrates the board of many civil society organizations and is Honorary Professor of Political Sciences, International Law and Humanitarian Law at the Free University of Berlin.
> The post COVID-19 challenge: a simple reset or a real change?
> COVID-19 as a meta crisis and our post-pandemic order
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and chaired its Committee on Global Thought from 2009 to 2015, now serving as a member. She is a recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award in the Social Sciences (2013). A renowned sociologist, she has conducted extensive work on topics including cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, examining inequality, gendering and digitization as variables.
> Urban capabilities: those we want in our cities and those we should avoid
Alfonso Zegbe currently heads the Strategy and Public Diplomacy Unit at the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. He is the former Ambassador of México in Iran, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and is an expert in environmental law and international relations. He has worked on energy and environmental diplomatic agendas for more than 20 years in Mexico City, Washington DC, Ottawa, Paris, Brussels and the OECD.
> Socioemotional wellbeing: a revisited approach