The End and The Beginning - Season 1
An Original Series from Asia Society Switzerland
The world is always changing. But with a global pandemic bringing immediate change to the daily lives of most people on this planet, we are perhaps feeling more keenly than before that bigger shifts are underway in the months and years to come. Some of these will be a direct result of coronavirus, others merely accelerated and catalyzed by it.
The End & The Beginning is a webcast series from Asia Society Switzerland exploring these shifts. Each episode is based on a hypothesis of something ending and discusses how this end will look like - and which beginnings it will enable.
As the saying goes, predictions are hard, especially if they’re about the future. We don’t claim to know how the future looks like. The End & The Beginning is designed to deliver thought-provoking conversation starters about what could end, and why.
The first season ran from July 16 to August 13, 2020. You can watch a replay of all episodes here.
Episode 1: The End of Emerging Markets — With James Crabtree
Episode 2: The End of Democracy? — With Bai Tongdong
Episode 3: The End of Governments? — With Maha Aziz
Episode 4: The End of the United Nations? – with Suhasini Haidar
Episode 5: The End of Enlightenment? — With Bruno Maçaes
Episode 1: The End of Emerging Markets?
July 16, 8.30 a.m. Zurich Time
James Crabtree on why the growth model of emerging markets is facing huge challenges.
Episode 2: The End of Democracy?
July 23, 5 p.m. Zurich Time
Bai Tongdong argues that liberal democracy can't solve global issues.
Episode 3: The End of Governments?
July 30, 5 p.m. Zurich Time
Maha Aziz argues that individuals, not governments, will shape tomorrow's world.
Episode 4: The End of the United Nations?
Aug 6, 8.30am Zurich Time
Suhasini Haidar argues that our system of global governance needs to be fundamentally reformed.
Episode 5: The End of Enlightenment?
Aug 13, 5 p.m. Zurich Time
Bruno Maçaes argues that we are leaving reality and truth behind.