Sumary of These strange times have made us experts in loss and loneliness | Yvonne Roberts:
- We know from myriads of research that loneliness and loss, accompanied by decreasing physical abilities, undercuts happiness, triggers depression, exacerbates heart attacks and paralyses social skills – to mention only a few of the impacts on the human body and soul.
- The writer and human rights activist Arundhati Roy has written that the pandemic has offered a disruption, an opportunity, to “walk through [the portal] lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.
- It’s a job title easily mocked but, after the experience of the pandemic and, with it, a rapidly growing collective awareness of the daunting consequences of climate change, rapid technological developments and much longer life expectancy, it has its logic.
- Many are now at work attempting to visualise and bring about a fairer society that redesigns the 20th-century welfare state based on free female labour.
- They include my former boss, Sir Geoff Mulgan, professor of collective intelligence, public policy and social innovation at University College London.