WATCH: Why Brexit happened — and what to do next
A slight departure from science today, but an major international development that promises to have a significant impact on how scientists within the UK and Europe are able to operate.
“We are embarrassingly unaware of how divided our societies are, and Brexit grew out of a deep, unexamined divide between those that fear globalization and those that embrace it, says social scientist Alexander Betts.”
The UK, and indeed much of the world, is still reeling from the outcome of the EU referendum. The markets are still in flux, political parties are fracturing, and we’re still not completely sure how the rift will impact UK science. As Betts phrases it, “are we about to become a 1950s nostaligia theme park floating in the Atlantic Ocean?” What does Brexit represent, and how do we now address the growing fear and disillusionment with the political establishment?
Speaking at TEDSummit this month, Betts discusses four post-Brexit steps that could lead us towards a more inclusive world.