Being Human in a Crisis: What It Means to Us
Roundtable - Anastasia Goh, Wong Hefen, Daphne Yuan
Three public officers reflect on the personal impact of the COVID-19 crisis to date.
Fiscal Responses to COVID-19 in Singapore and Hong Kong
Article - Alfred M. Wu
Deploying judicious pandemic support measures, Singapore and Hong Kong have sought to stabilise their economies and societies, while laying a foundation for post-pandemic growth.
The Role of Public Communications and Engagement in a Pandemic
Article - Heather Humphries
Clear messaging, credible information, timely updates and meaningful collaboration can increase public trust in a government’s ability to manage a crisis, and promote social responsibility and resilience.
Can We Nudge the Pandemic Away?
Article - Do Hoang Van Khanh, Mervin Loi
While nudges cannot and should not replace mandatory health measures and lockdowns in the COVID-19 crisis, they can be used to complement regulations, especially in helping communities cope with the long-drawn measures and negative consequences of the pandemic.
Taking Stock of an Unprecedented Pandemic
Article - Ong Toon Hui, Danny Quah
COVID-19 has tested societies like never before: but good governance, agile policymaking, social cohesion and broad collaboration remain vital in facing the crisis of a generation.
Editorial Issue 22
Editorial - Alvin Pang
This issue of ETHOS takes stock of the COVID-19 pandemic to date—including some of its socioeconomic, governance and geopolitical implications—and reflects on how Singapore and other governments have responded to the crisis of a generation.
Learning from Crisis
Article - Tharman Shanmugaratnam
The following remarks—drawing lessons on governance from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis—were abridged from a speech given by the Senior Minister at the Administrative Service Appointment and Promotion Ceremony on 29 March 2021.
Strengthening Mental Wellbeing in a Pandemic
Article - Rianne Karthikayen
Measures to ease financial strain, support families and protect work-life balance can relieve key stressors during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Growing from Clusters to Ecosystems
Opinion - Shirley Loo
In a post-pandemic knowledge-based economy, success may lie in distributed ecosystems of complementary firms cooperating for the common good.
Emerging Stronger as an Antifragile Nation
Opinion - Azfer A. Khan, Ang Kheng Kiat
Crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic are an opportunity for Singapore to forge new bonds, by drawing from our different perspectives and capacities to benefit the common good.