Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Exacerbating Inequalities: Social Networks, Racial/Ethnic Disparities, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The disruption and contraction of older adults’ social networks are among the less discussed consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our objective was to provide an evidence-based commentary on racial/ethnic disparities in social network resources and draw attention to the ways … Continue reading

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Social Networks’ Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic

An increased use of social networks is one of the most far-reaching consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the traditional media, as the main drivers of social communication in crisis situations, individual profiles have emerged supported by social networks, … Continue reading

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Social Networks and Loneliness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We utilize longitudinal social network data collected pre–COVID-19 in June 2019 and compare them with data collected in the midst of COVID in June 2020. We find significant decreases in network density and global network size following a period of … Continue reading

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A social network model of COVID-19

I construct a dynamic social-network model of the COVID-19 epidemic which embeds the SIR epidemiological model onto a graph of person-to-person interactions. The standard SIR framework assumes uniform mixing of infectious persons in the population. This abstracts from important elements … Continue reading

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Covid time – Young People’s Mental and Emotional Health

Given the known rise in prevalence of mental illness from childhood to adolescence, particularly in girls, this analysis aims to dig more deeply into young people’s mental health and wellbeing in this period of life. Poor mental health in adolescence … Continue reading

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Covid-19 recovery and resilience: what can health and care learn from other disasters?

As Covid-19 swept the globe, countries scrambled to tackle the immediate threat of the virus. Entire new hospitals were built in just days, people have been required to restrict their activities on a scale previously inconceivable during peacetime and a … Continue reading

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In the wake of the pandemic Preparing for Long COVID

Over the past year the world has tracked the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic using data on cases and deaths. Yet we now know that these provide only a partial picture. Many people struggle to recover from the acute infection, … Continue reading

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The social challenge in times of COVID-19

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has severe health effects and serious implications for economic growth and social development. It has arrived in Latin America and the Caribbean in a context of low growth —as analysed in the previous special reports … Continue reading

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Karl Polanyi and discussions on renewed socialism

The paper reconstructs Karl Polanyi’s search process for a socialist answer to the crisis of capitalist civilization in the first half of the 20th century. Polanyi focused on the question of how the conditions for responsible freedom can be realized … Continue reading

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Actualidad de la crítica de Karl Polanyi a la sociedad de mercados

La crítica de Karl Polanyi a la sociedad de mercado es una herramienta muy poderosapara comprender nuestra realidad social actual y formular una crítica creativa ypropositiva que coadyuve a la construcción de una sociedad justa, equitativa, humanay comprometida con el … Continue reading

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