About us

We want our lives back

We, the founders of this initiative, are a group of people who want to challenge the helplessness and ignorance of the policymakers.

We feel we have a responsibility for the present and for the future. COVID-19 is changing our world, and the life of every one of us. Most people simply want “their lives back”.

COVID-19 has not left a single aspect of our lives untouched. Normal daily activities like going to the movies with friends, taking with our kids to the playground, or having Sunday lunch with nana and grandad and the whole family were suddenly no longer possible, as lockdowns were put in place. While since then some of these activities are allowed again, many restrictions still apply, and the uncomfortable feeling has not gone. We are all scared that the modest freedoms we had been longing for will be cut again as soon as the number of infections begins to rise again.

We do not want a second lockdown, and we want the consequences of the recession that results from the first one to remain manageable. That can only happen if we stay alert and agile, despite the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, we need a robust early warning system, with which we can quickly identify new flare-ups of the infection, and rapidly constrain further spreading of the virus.

There is a well-known, proven approach in science that can be the basis of such an early warning system: representative, randomized testing on all people – the sick, the healthy, the immune, superspreaders and anyone around emerging hotspots.

COVID-19 matters to all of us – in the industrialized world, in the growth countries and in the developing countries. Our economies are so intertwined that we can only find a way out of the crisis with an effective instrument that we all use.

We want to convince the policymakers

The goal of our initiative is to persuade the policymakers of the profound need for such a testing regime.

The voices of experts from science and business, and indeed the voices of all citizens, provide support to the people who are close to decision-makers, to pursue this demand. We want to create the political pressure with which the first step in this direction can be made, to ensure that we can find a way out of the COVID-19 crisis thanks to representative, randomized testing.

We are independent

Our initiative is supported by the founders through financial contributions and voluntary effort. The people who are giving their support to the initiative have no material interest in the implementation of a broad testing regime. Our engagement to advocate a representative, randomized testing approach stems from our desire to regain normality for ourselves and for future generations.

  • «I can’t believe we’re on track and I do not want to return to the future but the new normal.»

    Antje Kanngiesser
    Senior Executive Leader for Transformation in Infrastructure & Energy | C-Level and Board Member at BKW AG

  • «Testing is the most effective tool to combat the corona crisis and it is necessary to avoid a second lockdown. »

    Hannes Androsch
    Former Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor of Austria, Austrian entrepreneur and consultant

  • «Evidence matters.»

    Jörn Basel
    Professor of Business Psychology at Kalaidos University, Advisor at The Negotiation Studio

  • «Because large-scale testing in countries like Island or South Korea has shown that infection numbers were quickly brought under control. »

    Heidi Glück
    Owner, Heidi Glück media + public affairs consulting GmbH

  • «In 2020 we should have smarter tools to fight a pandemic than the concepts from the ages of the black plague. Testing is essential to fight the crisis»

    Robert Misik
    Austrian journalist and author

  • «Testing yes! Surveillance no!»

    Mathias Binswanger
    Professor of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in Olten and private lecturer at the University of St. Gallen

  • «I support this petition because we need global initiatives to make the world a better place for everyone – we are in this together.»

    Bertil Tungodden
    Professor, Director of FAIR – The Choice Lab NHH Norwegian School of Economics

  • «Because I subscribe to all arguments laid down in your manifest.»

    Valerie Brunner
    Group Head of Institutional Clients at Raiffeisen Bank International AG

  • «We just need to accumulate more knowledge to find optimal mitigation strategies.»

    Jonas Dovern
    Chair of Statistics and Econometrics at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

  • «We need more data in order to finetune measures that minimize socio-economical impact while protecting the public health system. »

    Esther-Mirjam de Boer
    Owner and CEO at GetDiversity GmbH

  • «I want the world to move forward and soon.»

    Dan Ariely
    Professor of Behavioral Economics and Psychology at Duke University

  • «We need to manage and balance the deadly consequences of Covid-19 AND the deadly consequences of our countermeasures in an intelligent way.»

    Michael Kramarsch
    Advisor, Founder, Investor – Managing Partner hkp/// group

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