If there ever was a moment to redesign our economic systems and address the deep imperfections baked into it, it is now.
While the heroes of the pandemic – the celebrated essential workers: healthcare personnel, transit operators, sanitation workers, grocery store clerks – risked their lives to crank the gears of the economy back to 'working order', hundreds of billionaires saw their net worth increase by more than $1 trillion over the course of 2020. COVID-19 was not the 'great equalizer'; it was the great wake-up call. If there ever was a moment to redesign our economic systems and address the deep imperfections baked into it, it is now. Renowned economists, cities, and political coalitions are rallying around an evolved economic system – one that is inclusive, fair, and regenerative. This panel will unite the champions of both top-down and bottom-up strategies that are redefining economic growth and economic dignity.