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The Lonely Century: A Call to Reconnect (edition 2021)

by Noreena Hertz (Author)

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"An economist takes on the most urgent social issue of our time, exploring the evolution of the global loneliness crisis, the sweeping impact of social isolation during the coronavirus, and the opportunities a post-Covid world presents to reverse these trends-by finding new ways to reconnect with each other, our communities, and even our democracy. Even before the global pandemic brought terms like "social distancing" into the vernacular, loneliness was well on its way to becoming the defining trait of the twenty-first century. Today, nearly half of adults in the United States report feeling lonely, and more than twenty percent of millennials say they have "no friends at all." All around us, the fabric of community is unraveling. And technology isn't the lone culprit. Rather, the crisis stems from the dismantling of civic institutions, the radical reorganization of the workplace, mass urban migration, and decades of neoliberal policies that placed self-interest above the collective good. On one hand, the prolonged period spent under lockdown has accelerated these trends: from remote work to contactless commerce to the hollowing out of shared public spaces. On the other, it has sharpened our awareness of the toll isolation takes on our families, our communities, and our mental health. This is not merely a mental health crisis. Loneliness increases our risk of heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Statistically, it's as bad for our health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. It's also an economic crisis, costing us billions annually. And it's a political crisis, as feelings of marginalization fuel divisiveness and extremism around the world. In The Lonely Century, readers accompany Hertz as she "rents a friend" in Manhattan, attends a "how to read a face" class at an Ivy League university, and meets Japanese nursing home residents who knit bonnets for their robot caregivers. Along the way, she urges us to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create, post-pandemic: one where we retreat further into our self-isolating bubbles and remain ever-fearful of others, or one where we are more committed to reconnecting with one another, and with the democratic process itself. From compassionate AI to new models for urban living to the ingenuity unleashed in finding new ways to stay connected in the era of social distancing, The Lonely Century offers a hopeful vision for how to heal our fractured communities and restore connection in our lives. In the wake of Covid-19, this is not only more urgent, but more possible than ever"--… (more)
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The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That's Pulling Apart by Noreena Hertz

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La soledad se ha convertido en la condición definitoria del siglo XXI. Daña nuestra salud, nuestra riqueza y nuestra felicidad e incluso amenaza nuestra democracia. Nunca hasta ahora ha sido tan omnipresente o generalizada, pero tampoco nunca hasta ahora hemos tenido tanto a nuestro alcance para poder hacer algo al respecto.

Antes incluso de que la pandemia mundial introdujera el concepto de «distanciamiento social», el tejido de la comunidad se estaba desmoronando y nuestras relaciones personales estaban amenazadas. Y la tecnología no era la única culpable. Igual de culpables son el desmantelamiento de las instituciones cívicas, la reorganización radical del lugar de trabajo, la migración masiva a las ciudades y décadas de políticas neoliberales que han colocado el interés propio por encima del bien colectivo.

No se trata tan solo de una crisis de bienestar mental. La soledad aumenta nuestro riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas, de padecer un cáncer o demencia. Estadísticamente, es tan malo para nuestra salud como fumar quince cigarrillos al día. También representa una crisis económica que nos cuesta miles de millones al año. Y una crisis política, ya que los sentimientos de marginación alimentan la división y el extremismo en todo el mundo. Pero también es, además, una crisis que tenemos el poder de resolver.

Combinando una década de investigación con informes de primera mano, Noreena Hertz nos lleva desde una clase de «cómo leer una cara» en una universidad de la Ivy League hasta trabajadores remotos aislados en Londres durante el cierre; desde «alquilar a un amigo» en Manhattan hasta residentes de un asilo de ancianos tejiendo gorros para sus cuidadores robot en Japón.

Ofreciendo soluciones audaces que van desde una inteligencia artificial compasiva hasta modelos innovadores para la vida urbana y nuevas formas de revitalizar nuestros vecindarios y reconciliar nuestras diferencias, El siglo de la soledad ofrece una visión esperanzadora y empoderante sobre cómo sanar nuestras comunidades fracturadas y restaurar la conexión en nuestras vidas.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Mar 9, 2022 |
En bok for alle og særlig for beslutningstakere som ledere og politikere, men også for behandlere. Den handler om oss og verden, om velvære, om savn og nødvendige behov. Ikke minst har den med vår innside - både hjerne og kropp. Med forskningsbelegg fra alle mulige felt vedr. både påstander, hypoteser og forslag. Hun drar oss igjennom den nære historie, men også med henvisninger til bl a antikken. Hun utvider ensomhetsbegrepet til å dekke vår plass i hele verden, at vi blir sett, hørt, tatt på alvor. Korona, digitalisering, dele-økonomien, markedsliberalismen, populismen, narsissismen - alle får plass. Hun foreslår robotskatt og skatt på tomme forretningslokaler, skattelette for virksomheter med klare sosiale ambisjoner og effekter osv. Et eksempel på en tverrfaglig økonom som skjønner mennesker og som bruker statistikk og tall koblet til livene våre.
  lestrond | Dec 13, 2021 |
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"An economist takes on the most urgent social issue of our time, exploring the evolution of the global loneliness crisis, the sweeping impact of social isolation during the coronavirus, and the opportunities a post-Covid world presents to reverse these trends-by finding new ways to reconnect with each other, our communities, and even our democracy. Even before the global pandemic brought terms like "social distancing" into the vernacular, loneliness was well on its way to becoming the defining trait of the twenty-first century. Today, nearly half of adults in the United States report feeling lonely, and more than twenty percent of millennials say they have "no friends at all." All around us, the fabric of community is unraveling. And technology isn't the lone culprit. Rather, the crisis stems from the dismantling of civic institutions, the radical reorganization of the workplace, mass urban migration, and decades of neoliberal policies that placed self-interest above the collective good. On one hand, the prolonged period spent under lockdown has accelerated these trends: from remote work to contactless commerce to the hollowing out of shared public spaces. On the other, it has sharpened our awareness of the toll isolation takes on our families, our communities, and our mental health. This is not merely a mental health crisis. Loneliness increases our risk of heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Statistically, it's as bad for our health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. It's also an economic crisis, costing us billions annually. And it's a political crisis, as feelings of marginalization fuel divisiveness and extremism around the world. In The Lonely Century, readers accompany Hertz as she "rents a friend" in Manhattan, attends a "how to read a face" class at an Ivy League university, and meets Japanese nursing home residents who knit bonnets for their robot caregivers. Along the way, she urges us to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create, post-pandemic: one where we retreat further into our self-isolating bubbles and remain ever-fearful of others, or one where we are more committed to reconnecting with one another, and with the democratic process itself. From compassionate AI to new models for urban living to the ingenuity unleashed in finding new ways to stay connected in the era of social distancing, The Lonely Century offers a hopeful vision for how to heal our fractured communities and restore connection in our lives. In the wake of Covid-19, this is not only more urgent, but more possible than ever"--

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