The novel coronavirus pandemic of early 2020 effectively brought to an end two overlapping waves of American history: (1) the twelve-year “everything bubble” that began with the 2008 bailout, and (2) the forty-year rise and fall of neoliberalism as the West’s dominant political and economic ideology. As we’ve said elsewhere:

Neoliberalism was an experiment to see if aggressive globalization, financialization, and the willful destruction of the social safety net would lead to prosperity. It instead destroyed living standards across the globe to favor an elite financial class. 

On our resource page “Postneoliberalism,” we’ve described for many years the long unraveling of neoliberalism and the consequent risks and opportunities for citizens, investors, and business leaders. This page has always included a running list of our favorite speculations and proposals about what a world after neoliberalism could and should look like.

But the COVID-19 outbreak has shifted our collective attention from the specter of collapse to its overt, daily reality. As of March 2020, we are all clearly living in a new era. We’ve therefore created this new page, where we’ll curate our favorite resources about the world during and after COVID-19, with a bias towards pieces and voices that we think demonstrate originality, practicality, broad relevance, and/or staying power.

A post-collapse mindset

Although many aspects of daily life and business as we know it will continue, resume, or survive in an altered form, we are purposefully looking at the novel coronavirus outbreak as a notional if not overt collapse. Our mindset is one that favors post-collapse renewal and reimagining over preservation.

Over the past forty years if not eighty years, America has learned the iterative lessons of stability, scalability, sustainability, and resilience. Some of those lessons continue to be relevant, but our future also depends on being strong in new ways: agility and anti-fragility—i.e., moving quickly and building new, deeper strengths in response to extrinsic shock. The next us will emerge from embracing trauma and collapse optimistically, passionately, intelligently, and collectively.

Some of our foundational assumptions:

  • One result of COVID-19 will be a much more involved public sector in setting boundaries for the private sector and daily life. This could look authoritarian, socialist, or both, but cross-sector collaboration going forward will be essential for all industries and all socially important activities.
  • The formal global economy has effectively collapsed (or gone haywire), even if the banking system itself may or may not collapse. Per Yves Citton, we’ll find richer possibilities by focusing not just on economies but on interlocking ecologies of value and attention—e.g., by recognizing with more nuance and urgency that all human life, all business, and all technology is bounded and ruled by the physical world. For more on how the formal global economy has transitioned to what Venkat Rao calls a “permaweird” state, see our Postneoliberalism page.
  • The biome has effectively collapsed, and there will not be a return to mid-20th century global temperatures or weather patterns. At the same time, the biome can be healed and rejuvenated.
  • Technology, especially biotechnology, is about to get really weird, promising, and interesting.

Public health Effective Reproductive Number
Coronavirus Tech Handbook Resources
Fast Forward Alumni COVID-19 Responses
Help With Covid projects in search of volunteers
If We’re Not Careful, Tech Could Hurt the Fight against COVID-19, Ria Kalluri et al
Why Asia’s New Wave of Virus Cases Should Worry the World, Motoko Rich (April 2020)
Coronavirus Case Counts Are Meaningless*, Nate Silver (April 2020)
Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19, Nature Medicine (April 2020)
In a Crisis, an Opportunity for a More Meaningful Life, Steve Blank (April 2020) [a treasure trove of life sciences resources]
US may have to endure social distancing until 2022…, CNN (April 2020)
Why We Don’t Know the True Death Rate for Covid-19, Amy Harmon (April 2020)
The Coronavirus in America: The Year Ahead, Donald G. McNeil, Jr. (April 2020)
C19 Coalition for PPE and lifesaving medical devices
Technology Will Not Save Us, Shira Ovide (April 2020)
Understanding Digital Contact Tracing, USDR (April 2020)
Imagining the World Anew: Iora Health’s COVID-19 Response, Rushika Fernandopulle (May 2020)
Staying ALERT: Navigating COVID-19 Risk Toward a New Normal, (May 2020)
How the virus won, Derek Watkins et al (June 2020)
“Why are COVID cases increasing while deaths are decreasing?” – Miles Beckett (July 2020)
This coronavirus mutation has taken over the world, Sarah Kaplan and Joel Achenbach (July 2020)

Government coordination

The Coronavirus Pandemic Makes a Case for Megaregions, Anthony Flint (April 2020)
‘Sadness’ and Disbelief from a World Missing American Leadership, Katrin Bennhold (April 2020)
Creating a State Software Collaborative, Beeck Center at Georgetown University (May 2020)
State CIOs Speed Up Digital Services Efforts Amid Recovery, Agam Shaw (May 2020)
Neighbor Express
Remix Explore
“Build Back Better,” Michele Jolin and David Medina, Results for America (June 2020)
US Digital Response
Covid Act Now

Business strategy

For Thought Leaders with Time to Think, Art Kleiner (March 2020)
Are We Ready for the New Culture of Empathy?, Art Kleiner (March 2020)
The Case for Rebound Optimism, Art Kleiner (March 2020)
COVID-19 Briefing Materials, McKinsey Report (March 2020)
The Virus Survival Strategy for Your Startup, Steve Blank (March 2020)
Don’t Waste the COVID-19 Reboot, Yak Collective (April 2020)
One For the Road, Rusty Guinn (April 2020)
How Designers Are Doing Their Part to Help During the COVID-19 Crisis, Linn Vizard (April 2020)
The Medieval Future of Management, Venkat Rao (May 2020)
What is Permissible, Rusty Guinn (June 2020)
Tech and the New Normal, Ben Evans (June 2020)
The TikTok Ban Should Worry Every Company, Keman Huang and Stuard Madnick (August 2020)

Monetary policy and economics

Which Way Now?, Howard Marks (March 2020)
Why the Global Recession Could Last a Long Time, Peter S. Goodman (April 2020)
Modern Monetary Theory Wikipedia entry [especially the “Criticisms” section]
Murder on the History Express, Venkat Rao (April 2020)
Knowledge of the future, Howard Marks (April 2020)
Money is losing its meaning, Jared Dillian (April 2020)
The debt reckoning has finally arrived, Robert J. Samuelson (April 2020)
The Anatomy of the $2T COVID-19 Stimulus Bill, Nick Routely (March 2020)
Millionaires to reap 80% of benefit from tax change in US coronavirus stimulus, Amanda Holpunch (April 2020)
The Fed’s coronavirus response could have unintended results, Dion Rabouin (April 2020)
The Fed may have fundamentally altered the nature of risk in the stock market, Ben Carlson (April 2020)
What the Negative Price of Oil is Telling Us, Neil Irwin (April 2020)
After the Disease, the Debt, The Economist (April 2020)
Argentina’s Make-or-Break Moment, The Economist (April 2020)
What Is the Stock Market Even for Anymore?, Michael Steinberger (May 2020)
Don’t Lose the Thread. The Economy Is Experiencing an Epic Collapse of Demand., Neil Irwin (June 2020)
Finviz S&P 500 visualization
The Market Partied like it was 1932, Jeff Sommer (June 2020)
“Wow. FAMGA market cap = the next 24 largest public cos.” – CB Insights (June 2020)
A Tidal Wave of Bankruptcies is Coming, Mary Williams Walsh (June 2020)
It’s 2022. What Does Life Look Like?, David Leonhardt (July 2020)
Return of the Clutch Class, Venkatesh Rao (September 2020)


Coronavirus clarity, Ben Thompson (April 2020)
Inside the Dystopian, Post-Lockdown World of Wuhan, Sharon Chen, Matthew Campbell et al (April 2020)
This is going to kill small-town America, David Gelles (April 2020)
The pandemic will change American retail forever, Derek Thompson (April 2020)
The coronavirus crisis is devastating the news industry, WaPost (April 2020)
Bear Stearns and the Narratives of Systemic Risk, Ben Hunt (April 2020)
Why farmers are dumping milk down the drain…, Elizabeth Ransom et al (April 2020)
Hidden Video and Whistleblower Reveal Gruesome Mass-Extermination Method for Iowa Pigs Amid Pandemic, Glenn Greenwald (May 2020)
Inside the strip clubs of Instagram, Taylor Lorenz (April 2020)
The Failed State of America, Jeremy Scahill and Seth Ackerman interview (April 2020)
“You wanna know what white privilege is?”: a thread, Michael Harriot (April 2020)
Nonvoters are Not Privileged…, Glenn Greenwald (April 2020)
First the People, Rusty Guinn (April 2020)
Steak-umm’s Twitter Account Is a Brilliant, Bizarre Voice of Reason in Our Coronavirus Era,  Kaila Hale-Stern (April 2020)
Fuck the Bread. The Bread is Over., Sabrina Orah Mark (May 2020)
A Looming Financial Meltdown for America’s Schools, Cory Turner (May 2020)
From Story to Setting, Venkat Rao (May 2020)
How U.S. cities lost precious time to protect black residents from the coronavirus, Robert Samuels et al (June 2020)
Corporate America Has Failed Black America, David Gelles (June 2020)
Coronavirus Depletes the Keepers of Europe’s Memory, Jason Horowitz (June 2020)
No longer in extremis, Andrea Montiel de Shuman (June 2020)
Fundraising in the Age of Coronavirus, Lisa Houston (June 2020)
Big Moods, Little Moods, Venkatesh Rao (June 2020)
The Next Experiments in Elitism, Venkatesh Rao (July 2020)

Systemic racism and police brutality: the protests

Far-Right Extremists Are Hoping to Turn the George Floyd Protests Into a New Civil War, Tess Owen (May 2020)
… America plunges into crisis, Matt Zapotosky and Isaac Stanley-Becker (May 2020)
How the Supreme Court Lets Cops Get Away With Murder, NYT Editorial Board (May 2020)
Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People., Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (May 2020)
Killer Mike Speech to Atlanta Protestors (May 2020)
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Speech to Atlanta Protestors (May 2020)
America is a Tinderbox, Michelle Goldberg (May 2020)
Photos from the George Floyd Protests, City by City, Weiyi Cai et al (May 2020)
Visual Essay: Inside George Floyd Protests in Oakland, SF, SF Chronicle (May 2020)
Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide, Matthew Dessem (May 2020)
George Floyd: as protests rage across US, Trump comments inflame tensions, The Guardian (May 2020)
Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest… will shape public’s view of protest, Danielle K. Kilgo (May 2020)
Police Inflame Protesters as Unrest… Rocks 75+ U.S. Cities for 5th Night: VIDEOS, Andy Towle (May 2020)
While Trump shelters in the White House, America cries out for leadership, Stephen Collinson (June 2020)
A dangerous new factor in an uneasy moment: Unidentified law enforcement officers, Phillip Bump (June 2020)
The Police Take the Side of White Vigilantes, Alex Parenne (June 2020)
Huge Crowds Around the Globe March in Solidarity Against Police Brutality, Damien Cave et al (June 2020)
Pentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters’ Aggressive Response in D.C., Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt (June 2020)
Aurora PD breaking up peaceful violin vigil (June 2020)

Systemic racism and police brutality: analysis, solutions, and tools

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change, Barack Obama (June 2020)
How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts,  Noam Scheiber et al (June 2020)
Never Forget, Ben Hunt (June 2020)
Meet Darren Seals. Then tell me black death is not a business, Sarah Kendzior (October 2016)
“This is my message to America,” Billy Porter (June 2020)
No Accident, Rusty Guinn (June 2020)
Virtue Signaling…, Ben Hunt (September 2016)
Black Tech for Black Lives
New Era of Public Safety: An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing
Democrats to Propose Broad Bill to Target Police Misconduct and Racial Bias, Nicholas Fandos (June 2020)
Campaign Zero
How Much Do We Need the Police?, Leah Donnella (June 2020)
“What gets measured gets fixed. Yet, we won’t track even the basics of policing.” – DJ Patil
Studies that measure the causal effects of interventions/policies on police behavior, Jennifer Doleac
Cities Ask if It’s Time to Defund Police and ‘Reimagine’ Public Safety, Farah Stockman and John Eligon (June 2020)
Activists Create Public Online Spreadsheet of Police Violence Videos, Daniel Politi (June 2020)
Lift Every Voice: A Conversation Hosted by J’nai Bridges (June 2020)
“What percent of the police live in the city?” – @KingBach (July 2020)

Climate crisis

How I feel about all of this, Clara Changxin Fang
A New Therapy for an Age of Climate Grief, Laura Bliss (February 2020)
The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-2020 was the warmest ever on land, The Economist (March 2020)
Public-private partnerships are the key to tackling climate change, WEF (January 2020)
Nature crisis: ‘Insect apocalypse’ more complicated than thought, Matt McGrath (April 2020)
Russia Declares Emergency After Arctic Oil Spill,  Ivan Nechepurenko (June 2020)
Earth’s carbon dioxide levels hit record high…, Andrew Freedman and Chris Mooney (June 2020)
This giant climate hot spot is robbing the West of its water, Juliet Elperin (August 2020)
Earth’s Biodiversity Is Still Collapsing, Catrin Einhorn (September 2020)
New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States, Al Shaw et al (September 2020)
Wildfires ‘edge closer to Chernobyl nuclear plant’, BBC News (April 2020)
California had its driest February on record, NYTimes (March 2020)
Historic ‘megadrought’ underway in California…, Paul Rogers (April 2020) [include the comments]
Why it’s so damn hot in the Arctic right now, Umair Irfan (June 2020)
Atmospheric levels of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas, surge to record high, Kurtis Alexander (July 2020)
Warmer. Burning. Epidemic-challenged. Expensive. The California Dream…, Heather Kelly et al (September 2020)
The Role of Air Pollution Data in West Coast Firestorm, Berkeley Earth (September 2020)
In Brazil, It’s Not Just the Amazon that’s Burning, Jake Spring (September 2020)
How Climate Migration Will Reshape America, Abrahm Lustgarten (September 2020)
It’s Not Just the West. These Places Are Also On Fire, Veronica Penney (September 2020)

Zoom living

Another pandemic woe: Zoom fatigue, Scott Rosenberg (April 2020)
The reason Zoom calls drain your energy, Manyu Jiang (April 2020)
Lockdown was supposed to be an introvert’s paradise. It’s not., Abby Ohlheiser (April 2020)
What we can learn from coziness culture about the art of staying home, Linda Poon (April 2020)
What comes after Zoom, Benedict Evans (June 2020)
We’re All Socially Awkward Now, Kate Murphy (September 2020)

Local view: SF Bay Area

How SF battle with HIV/AIDS shaped today’s coronavirus response, Ryan Kost (April 2020)
How San Francisco’s Chinatown Got Ahead of the Coronavirus, Alyson Stamos and Meiying Wu (April 2020)
Hundreds of SF city workers take on ‘emergency’ roles, Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez (April 2020)
Give2SF COVID-19
SF COVID-19 Outbreak Tracking by ZIP Code
California, Oregon & Washington Announce Western States Pact (April 2020)
‘A reality check on the math’: What’s ahead for California and COVID-19, Sam Levin (April 2020)
Small Business Resources from the Office of Senator Scott Wiener
Cal Nonprofits COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
California Coronavirus Tracker, SF Chronicle
Testing blitz in SF shows COVID-19 struck mostly low-wage workers, Usha Le McFarling (May 2020)
SF’s top money man grapples with dire forecasts…, Heather Knight (May 2020)
Implicit bias trainer finds ‘extreme’ degree of anti-black sentiment within SFPD, Michael Barba (February 2020)
SF Police Commission approves sweeping new anti-bias policy, Julian Mark (May 2020)
Why the coronavirus is surging in Alameda County, Erin Allday (May 2020)