The Seattle space was already experiencing a large homelessness, psychological well being, and financial disparity disaster previous to COVID-19 hitting.
The pandemic merely exacerbated the problems. However though the area has been knocked to its knees, a number of Washington state leaders maintain out hope that classes realized from the pandemic and racial justice reckoning of the previous 12 months can result in a extra related, vibrant, and inclusive neighborhood.
It’s going to take each ounce of energy and can to drive the change, however it might probably occur, they are saying. Take heed to why they’re hopeful on this particular episode of the GeekWire Podcast, drawn from GeekWire’s new Civic Conversations occasion which befell Thursday.
Take heed to the particular episode under, or subscribe to GeekWire in any podcast app. And browse excerpts from their messages of hope under.
Right here’s what our panelists stated concerning the alternative forward, taken from the dialog on the 53-minute-mark.
- “Folks got here collectively otherwise (in the course of the previous 12 months) and that precept and that sense of a standard good was vital for us attending to the place we’re, and it’s going to be much more essential transferring ahead.” —Kris Hermanns, chief affect officer at Seattle Basis.
- “When you concentrate on what we have now gone by means of and now take into consideration what’s most essential, it’s a nice springboard if we do it in an inclusive method to essentially strengthen our area.” — Gordon McHenry Jr., CEO of United Approach of King County
- “I believe we have now proven we will lead the nation. We did lead the nation. And we will do it once more on all the points that we’re involved about if all of us work collectively. And so I’m actually fairly optimistic concerning the future, and what COVID has taught us about working collectively, about listening and studying as a result of I believe that’s what will obtain success for all on this area and throughout our state.” —Chris Gregoire, former Washington State Governor and CEO of Problem Seattle.
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Podcast edited and produced by Curt Milton. Theme music by Daniel L.Okay. Caldwell.