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In just months a mystery illness from China has shuttered the world, killed tens of thousands and ended careers, dreams and ambitions. Yet, even now, people continue to plan, hope and regroup. To do this there are two questions that must be asked: what have we learnt and what happens next? That’s why, across the following pages, we ask 50 writers, editors, architects, politicians, mayors, curators, chefs and philosophers – many of whom have written their responses from home – to tackle these two vital queries as we try to come to terms with this calamity and, crucially, dare to dream again. How can we, our cities, our businesses, our art, our desire to see the world come back stronger? Should diplomacy and politics change? And where does the blame for this mess lie? It’s hard to believe now but a more resilient and wiser world can emerge. Turn the page to find out how.

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