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What We Learned From COVID | Anne-Marie Slaughter & Stephen Walt | GZERO World

What we learned from COVID

What lessons did we learn from the pandemic that still apply now with the war in Ukraine?

Unlike the war or the 2008 global financial crisis, COVID was not an immediate threat we needed to respond to in real time, says former US State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter, so different countries were affected in different ways, and responded their own way at different times.

"If you're going to use a crisis effectively for change, you have to be able to have the right time horizon, the right group of countries, and a very specific set of goals," she tells Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

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S3 Episode 1: If the economy is good, why do I feel so bad?


Listen: Last year the US economy grew 5.7%, the biggest growth rate in decades, yet at the beginning of 2022 fewer than 1 in 5 Americans thought it was strong. And as the world confronts the converging crises of pandemic and war in Ukraine, inflation and skyrocketing prices are further contributing to feelings of financial insecurity.

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Ian Bremmer: COVID Made Us Rethink Labor | GZERO Media

​​Ian Bremmer: COVID made us rethink labor

Ian Bremmer has a message for businesses, and not just small ones: workers have been through a lot with COVID, so they're rethinking their relationship with their job.

"They're saying, well, maybe I don't need to spend all that time with people. I don't care as much about maybe I wanna work more flexibly. Maybe I don't want to go to the office every day. Maybe I don't wanna work for a big faceless corporation. Maybe I want to be closer to the purpose of my organization. Maybe I want the work to mean more to me."

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Want Small Businesses to Succeed? Enable Them As Problem-Solvers | GZERO Media

Want small businesses to succeed? Enable them as problem-solvers

After the 2008/2009 Great Recession, it took a decade for US small businesses to really start growing. But only about four months after COVID hit. Why?

Tom Sullivan, VP for VP of Small Business Policy at the US Chamber of Commerce, gave two reasons during a livestream conversation on small businesses and post-pandemic recovery hosted by GZERO Media in partnership with Visa.

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Should Small Businesses Embrace Public-Private Partners? | GZERO Media

Should small businesses embrace public-private partners?

Definitely, says Kiva CEO Chris Tsakalakis.

"No one individual or one group can fund what needs to get done in order to support these businesses," he says during a livestream conversation on small businesses and pandemic recovery hosted by GZERO Media in partnership with Visa.

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Visa’s Jeni Mundy: Digitizing Will Help Small Businesses “Thrive” After COVID | GZERO Media

Visa's Jeni Mundy: Digitizing will help small businesses "thrive" after COVID

Digitalization helped small businesses survive through the pandemic. Now, it'll make them "thrive," according to Jeni Mundy, Visa's global SVP for Merchant Sales & Acquiring.

She's upbeat about the future. "Small businesses are feeling optimistic ... so [there are] reasons to feel positive," Mundy says during a livestream conversation on small businesses and pandemic recovery hosted by GZERO Media in partnership with Visa.

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How Can Small Businesses Thrive After COVID? | GZERO Media

How can small businesses thrive after COVID?

Two years ago, life as we knew it came to a halt. COVID-induced lockdowns and quarantines hit businesses hard, shuttering stores and restaurants on main streets around the globe.

Now, COVID restrictions have been lifted throughout much of the West. While many businesses that survived (or launched amid) the pandemic are equipped with the creative, innovative spirit that helped them weather 2020-2021, challenges remain.

GZERO Media, in partnership with Visa, hosted a livestream discussion with business experts to examine the consequences and possibilities emerging from COVID, and how micro, small, and medium-sized businesses can thrive. Participants included GZERO President Ian Bremmer, Visa’s Global SVP Merchant Sales & Acquiring Jeni Mundy, US Chamber of Commerce’s Tom Sullivan, Kiva CEO Chris Tsakalakis, and SMEunited’s Veronique Willems. JJ Ramberg, the co-founder of Goodpods and former host of MSNBC’s Your Business, moderated.

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How can we help small businesses recover from the pandemic? Watch live today at 12 pm ET

TODAY AT 12 PM ET: COVID-19 has changed the way we shop, work, and live. While tough for all of us, it’s been brutal for small- and medium-sized businesses, which, according to the World Bank, make up a whopping 90% of all businesses and 50% of employment worldwide.

JJ Ramberg, co-founder of Goodpods and former host of MSNBC's Your Business, will moderate "Big Impact: Small Businesses and Global Pandemic Recovery," a livestream discussion about the path to stable, sustainable growth for small businesses.

Participants include:

  • Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
  • Jeni Mundy, Global Head Merchant Sales & Acquiring, Visa
  • Tom Sullivan, VP of Small Business Policy, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Chris Tsakalakis, CEO, Kiva
  • Veronique Willems, Secretary General, SMEunited

Register here.

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