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  • Writer's pictureEmma Stenström

How bubble-hopping can close divides in times of crisis

Stockholm School of Economics publishes a series or articles about “Sweden through the Crisis” – and one of them is about bubble-hopping. The series is exploring how and why Sweden is different, and how to navigate through challenges caused by the pandemic.

Bubble-hoppers will broaden their perspectives and learn some useful skills, like knowing themselves better, asking good questions, and listening with empathy. This will benefit both themselves and their surroundings, but most importantly: it can help to bridge divides in society.

The divides are already deep. Just look at the outrage against racial injustice after the killing of George Floyd. Or in the dispute of how the current pandemic should be handled. And while nobody knows what will happen after the covid-crisis, there is a fear that the divides might grow even deeper. Add a recession, populist politics, and even more algorithms that steer us into our filter bubbles – and the divides might grow even deeper.

That is where bubble-hopping comes in. So far as a method to broaden the perspectives of a future, international managerial elite, but possible to use for anyone.

Emma Stenström is the author of “Bubble-hopping – a method to bridge divides”. Read the full article in “Sweden through the crisis” here.

The Bubble-hopping method can be used with conflicting interest groups, government and municipalities, education, companies, NGOs, and pretty much with any person.

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