Robert Costanza, Ida Kubiszewski, Kate Pickett, Katherine Trebeck, Roberto De Vogli, Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir, Hunter Lovins, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Enrico Giovannini, Jacqueline McGlade, Lars Fogh Mortensen, Debra Roberts, Stewart Wallis, Richard Wilkinson, After the crisis: two possible futures, The Solutions Journal, Volume 11, Issue 3, September 2020, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/crisis-two-possible-futures/) Abstract: COVID-19 is a horrible global crisis.  Yet, like previous horrible global crises, including WWI and WWII, it also presents an opportunity and an obligation to rebuild our global society to adapt to changing conditions. The question is: what kind of change trajectory do we want? One comparable to WWI’s vindictive Treaty of Versailles or one more akin to the post WWII reconstruction of Europe, Japan, and the global economy. The two postwar restructuring strategies were indeed very different from one another. The Treaty of Versailles attempted to reset society to the conditions before the war. Germany was held responsible for starting the war and the treaty imposed harsh penalties, including reparations payments, loss of territory, and forced demilitarization. The Treaty humiliated Germany while failing to resolve the underlying problems that had led to war in the first place. The economic chaos and public resentment it caused within Germany helped fuel the rise of the Nazi … Topics: