The Post-COVID City
June 10, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:40 p.m. CDT
The pandemic has tested the resilience of cities. How we work, play, and exchange ideas will forever reflect this experience. Cities that embrace new thinking and innovations will overcome the challenges and thrive. What solutions, policies, and strategies can advance the social and economic vitality of the post-COVID city?
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4:00 - 4:10 p.m.
Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Lori Lightfoot, Mayor, Chicago
Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
4:10 - 4:30 p.m.
Rethinking Neighborhoods and Public Space
Leslie Kern, Author, Feminist City
Carlos Moreno, Paris Mayor’s Special Envoy for Smart Cities
Moderator: Claire Bushey, Chicago Correspondent, Financial Times
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Building a Resilient Workforce
Isabella Casillas Guzman, Administrator, US Small Business Administration
Mary Kay Henry, International President, Service Employees International Union
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
Moderator: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Travel and Culture: Connecting People and Places
Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines
Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, London
Moderator: Sherry Dobbin, Partner, Futurecity
5:30 - 5:35 p.m.
Spotlight: Time to Act - Tokyo’s Sustainable Recovery
Yuriko Koike, Governor, Tokyo
5:35 - 5:40 p.m.
Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Chicago Correspondent, Financial Times
Claire Bushey is the Chicago correspondent for the Financial Times. She writes about major companies in the Midwest and contributed to the FT's coverage of the recent US presidential election and protests over racial justice, including covering the trial of Derek Chauvin. Previously, she was a reporter for Crain's Chicago Business.
President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013 prior to becoming president of the Council. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of ten books.
Sherry Dobbin, FRSA is partner at Futurecity, a London-based global placemaking agency and chair of Urban Art Forum, UK. She has worked across all artforms for thirty-five years, led cultural organizations, and curated for public realm in four continents. Her work as founding director of Times Square Arts and Midnight Moment is chronicled in the new Routledge Placemaking Handbook. .
US Business Editor, Financial Times
New York City
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is the US business editor of the Financial Times, leading its coverage of US business in an age of populism, policy upheavals, and shifting expectations of corporate America. He manages a team of reporters while writing news, analysis, and commentary and helping develop new offerings for the FT’s core audience such as Moral Money, its awards-winning ESG newsletter.
ISABELLA CASILLAS GUZMAN
Administrator, US Small Business Administration
Isabella Casillas Guzman is the 27th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration. She serves as the voice for America’s 30 million small businesses and innovative startups in President Biden’s Cabinet. Most recently, she served as director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.
MARY KAY HENRY
International President, Service Employees International Union
Mary Kay Henry is international president of the Service Employees International Union. In 2010, she became the first woman elected to lead the SEIU. Under her leadership, SEIU has won major victories to improve the jobs of healthcare, property services, and public sector workers across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Director, Women’s & Gender Studies, Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick
CEO, United Airlines
Scott Kirby is CEO of United Airlines. Previously, he served as the company’s president from 2016 to 2020 and played a pivotal role in enabling United’s cultural transformation and executing the company’s strategic growth plan. Kirby is an industry veteran with a three-decade-long career in significant leadership roles within the airline industry.
Yuriko Koike is the Governor of Tokyo. Re-elected for a second term in 2020, she’s Tokyo’s first female governor. Koike has previously served as a member of the House of Representatives of Japan and has held several cabinet positions, including Minister of the Environment and Minister of Defense.
Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago. She’s the first Black woman to serve as Chicago's Mayor and has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding equity and inclusion across the city. Most recently, Mayor Lightfoot served as a senior equity partner at Mayer Brown, president of the Chicago Police Board and chair of the Police Accountability Task Force.
Mayor of Paris’ Special Envoy for Smart Cities
Professor Carlos Moreno is special envoy for smart cities for the Mayor of Paris and scientific director at the Paris IAE – Panthéon Sorbonne University. Renowned for his “Smart City” concept (2010), Moreno in 2016 pioneered the “15-Minute City,” which has influenced urban transformations worldwide. In 2019, Moreno received the Foresight Medal by the French Academy of Architecture.
Deputy Mayor, Culture and the Creative Industries, London
Justine Simons, OBE is London’s deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries. She is also founder and chair of the World Cities Culture Forum, a major global initiative involving 30 cities worldwide. Justine was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s New Year honors list for Services to Culture in London.
Brad Smith is Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer. Smith plays a key role in representing the company externally and in leading the company’s work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others.
Global Cities Research, Commentary, and Events
Cities on the frontline: Managing the coronavirus crisis | June 2020
Early in the pandemic, senior fellow Ian Klaus and director of global cities research Samuel Kling joined CIDOB to share perspectives from San Francisco and Chicago and how the cities have managed the COVID-19 crisis. The report provided lessons to help guide urban governance in times of pandemics and addressed key issues like multi-stakeholder cooperation, how to create healthier and more livable cities without sacrificing density, and more.
Financing Cities’ Recovery from Covid-19 and Preparing for Future Shocks | October 2020
Senior fellow Ian Klaus and nonresident fellow Mauricio Rodas contributed to the U20 Special Working Group on COVID-19 and Future Shocks. The Special Working Group examined the challenges, impacts and responses to COVID-19 and sought to anticipate future shocks that may affect cities and facilitated the exchange of ideas and policies of U20 city leaders to address the pandemic and its recovery.
Crain’s Forum on Regional Planning | October 2020
Director of global cities research Samuel Kling joined Teresa Cordova, director of the Great Cities Institute, in a Q&A about the strengths of cities, the role of neighborhoods, and the future of Chicago—and of cities in general—in a post-pandemic world.
Coronavirus: Will our day-to-day ever be the same? | November 2020
Director of global cities research Samuel Kling weighs in on how cities will weather the economic challenges of the pandemic, looking at density, transportation, amenities, and more.
Special Report: The Future of Cities | November 2020
The Financial Times looks at how public space, public health, the environment and other areas of city life have changed due to the pandemic. Also featured? A summary of the mayors’ panel from October’s Adapting Governance event.
Why We Don’t Believe the Big City Obituary | February 2021
A survey by The Harris Poll and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that most urban residents want to stay in cities and the majority of urban, suburban and rural residents have not been influenced by the pandemic to move.
Parsing the “Modal Mix": Two Factors Shaping the Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility | March 2021
For many cities, the transportation changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are cause for celebration and concern -- cycling has increased and global transportation emissions have declined, but driving is on the rise and public transportation ridership has declined sharply.
Are Urbanites Willing to Ditch Cars for More Sustainable Commutes? | April 2021
In a working paper, Samuel Kling and Alexander Hitch examined the sustainable mobility options cities have to deter city residents from shifting to solo driving. Using polling data from The Harris Poll, Kling and Hitch look at urban and suburban’s residents attitudes towards alternate transportation.