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Future of Culture: Re-formulate the Meaning of Theater

The cultural sector has been facing unusual changes since 2020. The main pillar especially of the theater –its direct contact with the audience– has been shaken to its roots. To what extent is theater reacting to all the changes, what are its foundations, and how can it profit from this situation? These questions and many more answers Marta Ljubková, dramaturge of the new Prague cultural center Vzlet.

Sneak Peek at the Education System

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a special role in the lives of all of us. The impact on the education, social and mental development of children and young people is dramatic, although it is difficult to estimate what that means for their future. The pandemic also highlighted the importance of parents’ support in the education and behavioral development of their children – states Martina Herdová, an elementary school teacher with extensive experience in History, German and English education, and an AYLP alumna.

Don’t Look Under your Feet

In his monumental book, Daniel Yergin promises to draw new maps of energy, geopolitics, climate, and chart a roadmap to a green transformation. But in fact, his New Map: How Energy is Changing Geopolitics represents the beaten paths on which the imagination of our economic and political elites is stuck.

Russia’s “Corpse Ideology” and Its Genocide in Ukraine

Russian soldiers’ gang rapes of women and little children in Ukrainian towns and villages shook the world with its barbarism and brutality. These are crimes that accompanied Putin’s long-held aim of ridding Ukraine of Ukrainians under the cover of a “denazification operation”. The Russians themselves, from Maksim Gorky to Viktor Yerofeev, suggested that over their history of violence and brutal and senseless conquest Russian people have forgotten how to love. They have been murdered spiritually and morally from birth by their authoritarian leaders.

How to Use Economic Sanctions Wisely

Given the horrors of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the public's support for sanctions has been strong. But, before tightening sanctions further or imposing them indefinitely, Western powers should consider the broader risks to the global economy and the international trade and financial system.

How to Pay for the War on Covid

We still have a lot to learn from Keynes’ ideas, even under today’s new conditions. Indeed, we may be confronted with the following paradox: economies enjoying a strong recovery will be paying higher wages and salaries than before, but producing smaller quantities of consumer goods. Basically, a situation could come about whereby the economy is working at full pace, but it is impossible to supply the consumer goods that such a pace of economic output would naturally tend to demand. This is a major political issue, to be dealt with promptly.

Techno-optimism

There are essentially two approaches to climate change: techno-optimism and the end of consumerism. The major difference is between the long term and the short term and between different areas of the economy and different forms of planetary limits. There are no constraints on sustainable electrification, but we have wasted precious time for the green transition and food remains a complex challenge. Techno-optimism is not out of place, but it is clear some of our behaviors will have to change.
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