Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter wanted to write a book about leadership. But every time she left her house, she couldn’t ignore America’s ailing transportation system: congested roads, crumbling bridges, slow trains and endless air traffic delays.
When policy makers talk about solutions to inequality, they usually focus on education and jobs. But this conversation largely ignores the need for improved transportation infrastructure to provide access to these jobs and schools. Through better transportation, American cities can provide opportunities for millions to escape poverty. Yet infrastructure improvement wanes, with Washington unable to do anything despite bipartisan support.
2010 AL Fellow/2011 Senior AL Fellow Doug Rauch's Daily Table on Washington Street in Dorchester looks like a boutique supermarket, but unlike Whole Foods and Star Market, the new business isn’t built on profit margins or sales growth.Daily Table bills itself as the first not-for-profit grocery store in the country with a mission to provide nutritious and affordable meals for low-income families.
Beginning with pregnancy and continuing until the child is ready to enter the third grade, health, education and community support organizations are collaborating to give moms and their new babies a greater bond while boosting the child’s development. It’s Raising St. Louis, a program launched in January 2014 only in select zip codes. “Our primary long-term goal is meaningful improvement in health and school outcome by third grade,” said Thomas Santel, 2011 AL Fellow and lead developer of Raising St. Louis.
Harvard Business Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter discusses her new book, MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead, with former Governors Michael Dukakis and Ed Rendell, and New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes.
America's infrastructure has fallen behind other nations. Highways are congested. Bridges are crumbling. Flights are delayed. Clearly, we need a solution. Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter identifies the hallmarks of successful transportation systems and explains the work being done to address these issues in her new book "Move: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead."
Landing at an American airport is a bit like time-traveling into the past. Outdated design, outdated technology, and outdated regulations are crippling many U.S. air hubs. Aviation was born in the U.S., and very quickly, American airplanes and American-trained pilots formed the backbone of global aviation. North America remains the world’s largest aviation market today, yet U.S. air transport is no longer the envy of other nations.