• 1 No Poverty
  • 2 Zero Hunger
  • 3 Good Health and Well-Being
  • 4 Quality Education
  • 5 Gender Equality
  • 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 10 Reduced Inequalities
  • 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 13 Climate Action
  • 14 Life Below Water
  • 15 Life on Land
  • 16 Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
  • 17 Partnership for the Goals

Four Potential Outcomes from COVID-19 (with Sohail Inayatulluh)

Soothsayers and self-proclaimed prophets are almost always wrong – so what makes a futurist like Sohail Inayatullah worth listening to?

Because as UNESCO Chair of Future Studies, Sohail brings academic expertise to the task. Instead of predicting outcomes, he uses his methodology of Causal Layered Analysis to interpret our present to prepare us for multiple futures, and plan ways to deal with them.

In this interview he takes us through four possible outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they should guide policy and response.

This is the first in a series of Unmasked Interviews where we talk to experts in fields where COVID-19 has had a significant impact, and glean insights about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.


  • Teymore Nabili
    Teymoor Nabili

    Publisher and CEO, Tech For Impact

  • Sohail Inayatullah
    Sohail Inayatullah

    UNESCO Chair of Future Studies


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