23rd March: 7.30pm

From Global Pandemic to Global Recovery, via Global Despair
Some of us are old enough to remember when they landed on the moon. Most of us can probably remember where we were when the Twin Towers were attacked and when we heard the results of the Brexit referendum. What about this time last year, when our lives came to a sudden and grinding halt: did you drop everything and charge to your nearest supermarket to bulk buy loo roll?

An eclectic mix of people, whose working lives have been turned upside down and inside out, will reflect on what is going to happen next in their line of work. A strategist, a practitioner and a critic in Global Education, CyberSecurity and the West End, will explain how their work has (and hasn’t) been affected, and what they think will happen next.

Thinking back on the last 12 months, which questions best sum it up for you: did you bulk loo roll, pasta and tinned fish? How many days did you go wearing the same PJs? What was the maximum number of Zoom calls you made in one day? Do you think Dominic Cummings should have been sacked after he visited his parents? Did you pig out to help out in August? Did you believe it when it was reported that Trump was diagnosed positive with Covid in the run-up to the election? Did you test positive? How many people do you know who tested positive? Have you had the jab yet?

It’s been a weird 12 months by all accounts. Are there any reasons to be cheerful about its impact on us? In this session, we’re going to reflect on what has just happened, how it has changed how we do some things and what positive impact it has had. An eclectic mix of people, based in London, Rabat, Salzburg and Tallinn, will reflect on how their lives have been turned upside down; and we’ll try to end the discussion with a list of reasons to be cheerful

Dominic Regester has been a Program Director at Salzburg Global Seminar since 2017. He is responsible for designing, developing and implementing programs on education, conservation, and the future of cities. Previously, he worked for the British Council in Bangladesh, China & Indonesia, primarily on global citizenship in education. He has an M.A. in Chinese Studies from SOAS and an M.A. in Education and International Development from Institute of Education, UCL.

Dominic is a founding member of the Executive Committee for Karanga, The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills, a contributing editor to Diplomatic Courier and a Director of Amal Alliance. He is the co-editor of two recent books Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined: Thoughts and Responses from Education’s Frontline During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond (2020) and Social and Emotional Learning across the Mediterranean: Cross Cultural Perspectives and Approaches (2020).

Klaid Mägi is an international cyber security specialist based in Tallinn. He was CEO of Estonian National Government CERT and has been a member of the Estonian governmental information security Managers Council and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection commission. Klaid has extensive knowledge of technical resilience development, practical hands-on experience of information security standards development and implementation as well as conducting risk assessments of the network and information systems.

Before Covid 19, Klaid regularly clocked up 20,000 air miles on a monthly basis in his capacity as the technical partner for an EU funded cybersecurity project in countries including Sri Lanka, Botswana and Rwanda. Since March 2020, his family have seen him a lot more than they have been used to in recent years. At the same time, Klaid has been busier than in his whole professional career…

Dominic Maxwell has worked at The Times as theatre and comedy critic for nearly 20 years. He has also written for The Sunday Telegraph, Time Out and Metro on theatre, comedy, music and television. It’s fair to say Dominic has his finger on the pulse of the best of live theatre and comedy across the UK – he has interviewed the biggest names in contemporary performing theatre and comedy.

Kathryn Kelly is a commentator and an international education consultant, based in Harhoura, just south of Rabat, the Moroccan capital. She moved to her current house in late 2019 and lives alone; consequently, from 16 March until 20 June last year she didn’t see anyone she knew. In April, during Ramadan, she went for weeks not speaking to anyone, except via whatsapp; but thanks to the online quiz she started with friends on Saturday nights, she didn’t go completely bonkers.

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23rd March
(duration: 60 minutes)




This virtual event is free