This week on Gridlock Break, join us as we welcome three leaders in their respective fields to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, author, and visionary business advisor who has advised three White House Administrations and over 100 companies. Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government. Dr. Canton is confident that the US will have an economic explosion in the post-COVID era, but only if we reset tech strategies and utilize new technologies that have barely been rolled out that could facilitate an economic renewal. He also cautions that any of these technologies could threaten our privacy, so it will be important to marry our approaches with our commitment to our freedoms.
Chief Gary Ludwig Gary Ludwig is recognized as a respected national fire and EMS author, leader, public speaker, and expert, and currently serves as the fire chief of Champaign, Illinois and is President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He will discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline workers, in particular, on firefighters, the largest provider of EMS in the country. 52 firefighters have died as a result of having contracted COVID-19 on the job, perhaps the result of PPE shortages at the beginning of the pandemic.
Ambassador Emily Haber has been German Ambassador to the United States since June 2018. Prior to her transfer to Washington, DC, she served in various leadership functions at the Foreign Office in Berlin. In detailing Germany’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambassador Haber explains that the country did have a headstart on testing and fortifying the hospital infrastructure, and additionally had a pandemic plan in place. And while these national plans might have been effective thus far, once lockdowns have ended across the continent, the decisions made by other European countries will begin to affect the German people and the German economy.