The Conversation

The Conversation US arose out of deep-seated concerns for the fading quality of our public discourse – and recognition of the vital role that academic experts can play in the public arena. The Conversation’s mission is particularly resonant in the U.S., where people universally sense that the country’s social fabric is strained and the common ground people share is shrinking. Information always has been essential to democracy – a societal good, like clean water. But many now find it difficult to put their trust in the media. And with little consensus about what to believe, it only becomes harder to reach agreement with fellow citizens regarding what’s truthful. The Conversation US seeks to be part of the solution to this problem.

The Conversation

Megacity Slums Incubate Disease – But the Coronavirus Response Isn’t Helping the Billion People Who Live in Them

May 22, 2020

Having ravaged some of the world’s wealthiest cities, the coronavirus pandemic is now spreading into the megacities of developing...

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The Conversation

The Coronavirus Is Breaking Global Supply Chains But There’s An Alternative – Make It At Home

May 18, 2020

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on global supply chains, a trend of moving manufacturing closer to customers could go so...

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The Conversation

How Changes Brought on by Coronavirus Could Help Tackle Climate Change

April 10, 2020

Stock markets around the world had some of their worst performance in decades this past week, well surpassing that...

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The Conversation

Coronavirus: What Might More Handwashing Mean in Countries with Water Shortages?

April 9, 2020

Different strategies for resisting the spread of the new coronavirus have emerged in different countries. But the one that...

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The Conversation

The Global Effort to Tackle the Coronavirus Face Mask Shortage

In recent weeks, two stories out of many about the shortage of face masks shed light on what our...

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The Conversation

Lessons from Rwanda on Tackling Unsafe Drinking Water and Household Air Pollution

February 27, 2020

Unsafe drinking water and household air pollution are major causes of illness and death around the world. This is...

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The Conversation

As the Climate Changes, Architects and Engineers Need to Design Buildings Differently

November 7, 2019

In the past seven years, four major disasters have caused serious disruptions in the Northeast and Midwest United States....

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The Conversation

Better Batteries Fuel a Surge of Electric Scooters in India and China

October 31, 2019

Two-wheelers – motorcycles and motorized scooters – account for the majority of vehicles on the roads in developing countries. China...

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The Conversation

We Used Smartphones to Screen Children for Vision and Hearing Loss

October 19, 2019

Healthy hearing and vision in early childhood are the foundation for success at school. Hearing and vision difficulties are...

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The Conversation

New Technologies Can Be a Force for Good in Africa if They’re Developed from the Ground

October 3, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa is at a point where new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) could present both opportunities and...

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