On April 14, Boston Indicators wrapped up one of its ambitious projects in memory with one of its most ambitious events. "Seizing the Moment: Proposals for a Just and Equitable Recovery."
Over the past six weeks, the Indicators team released a series of 15 separate papers under the "Seizing the Moment" brand, in partnership with experts and community leaders from across Greater Boston, all of whom were tasked with proposing an idea that could make Greater Boston a more just and equitable place as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The proposals range widely in their scope, timeline and impact, but all provide tangible opportunities for change. And at this online event, attendees had a chance to dig into the discussion with authors of 15 proposals in a series of breakout sessions, set up by a presentation from Anne Calef, Research Fellow at Boston Indicators, who explored data from the COVID Community Data Lab that illustrated some of the inequities made evident by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Videos of her presentation, and the "lightning talks" that launched each of the seven simultaneous breakout sessions, can be found below. Below each video, you'll find the speakers featured in each talk, titles of relevant briefs and links to presentation slides. To read all of the papers and learn more about the series, click here.
Jarred Johnson, Executive Director, TransitMatters
- Traffic: Bend the Rush-Hour Curve with Congestion Pricing
Chris Dempsey,Director, Transportation for Massachusetts
- Public Transit: Transform Streets with Dual Side Door Buses
Julia Wallerce, Boston Program Manager, ITDP
- Business Equity: Eliminate Racial Disparities in Government Contracting
Segun Idowu, Executive Director, BECMA
Trevor Mattos, Research Manager, Boston Indicators
- Job Training: Fund Rapid Reemployment for a Just and Equitable Recovery
Anne Calef, Research Fellow, Boston Indicators
- Unemployment: Make Unemployment Insurance Equitable for the Long Haul
Marie-Frances Rivera, President;
Phineas Baxandall, Senior Analyst,
Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
Soni Gupta, Director, Neighborhoods and Housing, Boston Foundation
- Housing: Get the Rulemaking Right on New MBTA Upzoning Law
Jesse Kanson-Benenav, Executive Director, Abundant Housing MA
- Food Insecurity: Make School Breakfast and Lunch Free for All
Jennifer Lemmerman, Sr. Director of Government Affairs, Project Bread
- Child Care: A Big Investment Today for an Equitable Economy Tomorrow
Titus DosRemedios,Director of Research and Policy, Strategies for Children
Elizabeth Pauley, Assoc. Vice President, Education to Career, Boston Foundation
- Food Insecurity: Use Guaranteed Income to Support Vulnerable Residents
Ross Wilson, Executive Director, Shah Foundation
Amy Dain, Researcher
- Governance: Enhance Public Health Infrastructure through Regionalization and Shared Services
Rebecca Davis, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council