The post-pandemic world provides us all with the opportunity to think differently. We can now start to entertain ideas that have previously been hypothetical: if you designed society from scratch how would it look? How would power be structured?
The process of engaging in this type of thinking is similar to playing strategy-type video games such as Civilisation, which appeal exactly because we can attempt to create new versions of the world in our own image. But something we don’t consider with ‘finite’ games such as Civilisation, which end when we reach our goal, is how we perpetuate them for generations to come.
How do we create the citizens of the future who can make ideas of an ideal society a reality?
Chris Brown is a Professor of Education, Durham University . Ruth Luzmore is a Research Student in the School of Education.
New Ideas for the New Normal is a series of newly commissioned video essays from leading researchers and academics at Durham University. Each ten minute piece considers how we might live now in a post-pandemic world, offering hope and fresh new ideas across a range of disciplines.