Among many things, COVID-19 has revealed just how broken the world’s health systems are including traditional insurance models. For nearly 30 years, Discovery has challenged the status quo by using behavioral science to develop a shared value insurance model that incentivizes people to be healthier while delivering superior business value by driving down healthcare costs.
The world has been in a climate emergency for years and scientists say that in order to undo and mitigate the most extreme scenarios, 2020 must be the year for comprehensive cross-sector climate action. At the same time, climate change and growing water scarcity are compromising agricultural productivity, accelerating food insecurity, and increasing costs for producers and consumers.
In the lead up to our conversation with Rebecca Henderson of Harvard Business School as part of our Resilience Reimagined Speaker Series, we sat down with her to discuss the impetus of her book, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, and how she’s thinking about the current COVID-19 crisis.
1. What was the catalyst that led you to write, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire? What sets it apart from previous books critiquing capitalism?