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Lessons from the past on how to revive the US economy after COVID-19

– Examining what worked in response to previous crises can help policy makers as they make plans to revive economic activity.

Reimagining European philanthropy

– European philanthropic foundations have an opportunity to step up and address the needs arising from or exacerbated by coronavirus.

Well-being in Europe: Addressing the high cost of COVID-19 on life satisfaction

– Recovery will depend on saving lives, sustaining livelihoods, and supporting quality of life.

Setting up small and medium-size enterprises for restart and recovery

– Small and medium-size enterprises are a critical engine for the global economy. In the wake of the pandemic, governments can take... four actions to maximize the impact of existing support measures.

The $10 trillion rescue: How governments can deliver impact

– Governments have announced the provision of trillions of dollars in crisis relief, but translating that into sustained recovery... will not be easy.

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How to improve student educational outcomes

To understand what matters in student achievement, we applied analytics to data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). These reports take on a few of the most active debates: Do mindsets matter? If so, to what extent? What teaching practices work best? Does technology help?

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Affordable housing in Los Angeles: Delivering more—and doing it faster

– Addressing the housing shortage is an opportunity to reimagine Los Angeles.

The future of work in Japan: Accelerating automation after COVID-19

– Digitization has played a key role in reducing the spread of the virus and promoting a safe recovery. Now, it’s even more... critical to the country’s longer-term economic health.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The value of value creation

– Long-term value creation can—and should—take into account the interests of all stakeholders.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: The color of wealth

– The wealth gap between black and white Americans is a primary force in racial inequality and social injustice. Here’s how to address... it.

New global data reveal education technology’s impact on learning

– The use of technology in education has become a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic. As students return to the classroom, school... systems must carefully consider the longer-term role of technology.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Powering up sustainable energy

– Can the power industry simultaneously decarbonize generation, propel the transition to electric vehicles, and keep the lights... on?

Ezekiel Emanuel on the steps to reopen states safely

– Renowned doctor and Ezekiel Emanuel discusses the government actions and social norms that will allow the country to reopen... safely in the wake of COVID-19.

Mounting a data-driven crisis response: An interview with the CEO of Aledade

– Farzad Mostashari discusses how innovative analytics systems and federal–local collaboration are helping government and healthcare... leaders fight COVID-19.

COVID-19 and student learning in the United States: The hurt could last a lifetime

– New evidence shows that the shutdowns caused by COVID-19 could exacerbate existing achievement gaps.

COVID-19’s effect on minority-owned small businesses in the United States

– Already vulnerable, minority-owned small businesses brace for disproportionate impact. Here’s how to help.

A transformative moment for philanthropy

– Here’s how the positive changes in individual and institutional philanthropy sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic can take... root and grow.
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