It’s time for Old White Guys (OWG) to take their foot off the brakes on social change and lean into the actions that will move us toward social and economic justice.
WITH BUCKLEY BRINKMAN
Like most of you, I’ve been watching the ongoing energy around diversity and inclusion, forming my own opinions about what’s working and what’s holding us back in our journey to create a more just and inclusive society.
This has been a shattering summer for me. It’s shattered many of my beliefs about what’s right, what’s tolerable, and what’s possible in this country.
Back in early March, the most tumultuous things we all faced were accelerating change and living through a contentious presidential election in a battleground state. Now, the stacked disruptions of pandemic, economic collapse, and pervasive demands for equality turned our whole world upside down.
I don’t know about you but life during the pandemic seems very backward to me.
Wisconsin will reopen in the coming days and weeks. All of us will feel our way forward — not toward the new normal but back to the future.
Reopened Wisconsin will look much different than before. New safety measures will change the way we interact in public. There will be seen and unseen actions many of us will take. Geez, I washed my hands more in the past eight weeks than in the rest of my life combined! Still, these actions are critical to minimize new flare-ups. We will recover from this crisis in direct proportion to our willingness to put other’s well-being in front of our own.
The COVID-19 virus plunged us into a health and economic crisis two months ago. Now, we need to plot a reasonable course that reopens our economy without sacrificing our health and safety.
In the coming weeks, we will be in position to safely restart our economy. If you are not thinking about what’s next, you are wasting this crisis and the opportunities it will create.
We face a critical time in Wisconsin. Demographic change threatens healthy economic growth and we must act collectively to meet this new challenge.
About This Blog
Buckley Brinkman is executive director and CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity and writes about the manufacturing sector in Greater Madison and throughout Wisconsin. He has a breadth of experience in helping companies drive growth, world-class competitiveness, and performance excellence, and has led efforts to save dozens of operations in the U.S. by finding new ways for them to compete. A Wisconsin native, Brinkman holds a business degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.