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Editorial Digital Issue 7

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

In this digital edition of ETHOS, we bring you fresh views and perspectives on Singapore's economy, society and prospects for the future, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s far-reaching impact and its related challenges. Featuring: Anastasia Goh, Wong Hefen, Daphne Yuan, Shirley Loo, Tan Chia Han, and Eddie Choo.

Editorial: ETHOS Digital Special Edition

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

In our ongoing Special Edition of ETHOS, we bring you fresh views and perspectives on the COVID pandemic's far-reaching impact on Singapore's economy, society and prospects for the future. In this update, we present views that suggest the growing role that our home region might play in Singapore’s post-COVID economic prospects, as world economies pivot and supply chains shift. Featuring: Kanti Bajpai, Phred Dvorak, Selina Ho, Marina Jose Kaneti, Adam Yao Liu, Samheng Boros, Tan Lin Teck, Kelvin Yii, Mathew Mathews, Shane Pereira, Khuong Minh Vu and Kris Hartley.

Editorial: Digital Special Edition (March Update)

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

In our ongoing Special Edition of ETHOS, we bring you fresh views and perspectives on the COVID pandemic's far-reaching impact on Singapore's economy, society and prospects for the future. This update features contributions from: Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, EDB Chairman Dr Beh Swan Gin, Eleena Tan, Azfer A. Khan, Ang Kheng Kiat, Chua Jun Yan, Kevin Tan and Esther Cheah.

Sampan Singapore: New Lines, Nets and Capabilities in the COVID Storm

Opinion  -  Eleena Tan

Despite decades of growth, the global pandemic has shown that Singapore remains a small, vulnerable state in a volatile global environment. How do we stay afloat and thrive in an uncertain future?

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.

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.

COVID-19 and Singapore's Health Diplomacy

Article  -  Gianna Gayle Amul, Tikki Pang

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Singapore’s health diplomacy initiatives have sought to reaffirm its relevance to the regional and international community.

Inviting Possibilities

Review  -  Eddie Choo

Two recent books explore hopeful, hands-on approaches to grappling with an uncertain future.

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.

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.