Former World Bank president Jim Yong Kim has a 5-point plan to defeat COVID-19

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Former World Bank president Jim Yong Kim says waiting on a vaccine is wishful thinking. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the former president of the World Bank, says that he has the only plan to squash COVID-19 and reopen the economy. In a wide-ranging interview with Fast Company editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta, Kim presented an aggressive five-point strategy. Read Full Story

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‘Every generation has their fight, and this is ours’: Planned Parenthood’s president on the battle for the Supreme Court

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Alexis McGill Johnson explains how she’s positioning the nonprofit for the post-COVID-19 era and bracing for battle. For Fast Company’ s Shape of Tomorrow series , we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19 era is transforming their industries. Here’s what’s been lost—and what could be gained—in the new world order . Read Full Story

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Pandemics have destroyed cities before. Could they do it again?

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Charles Kenny, author of a forthcoming book on pandemics, is cautiously optimistic that cities will prevail in the era of COVID-19. Here, he talks to Richard Florida about how infectious diseases have shaped cities throughout history, how COVID-19 could impact urbanization, and why preparedness is everything. The COVID-19 pandemic has woken us up to the way viruses attack and spread through cities, but the reality is that infectious diseases have long ravaged cities and urban areas. Charles Kenny has thought a lot about the connection between cities and disease. A senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and former World Bank economist, Kenny is the author of several books including The War on Death and The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Good for the West . He recently tweeted about his latest book, Winning the War on Death: Humanity, Infection and the Fight for …

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Biden and Trump have wildly different visions for healthcare in America

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Here are the most important elements of each presidential candidate’s plans for healthcare coverage, COVID-19, and the opioid crisis. While President Trump and former vice president Biden hardly talked about their healthcare policy at their two debates, both have a distinct vision for how healthcare in the U.S. should change. The two candidates are about as far apart as they can get on the subject. Below is a primer on their plans for healthcare policy, COVID-19, and the opioid crisis. Read Full Story

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President Biden, appoint a fashion czar!

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The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions. It needs to be regulated like other big sectors. President Biden, while your administration is hard at work tackling emissions from the automobile and energy industries, there seem no plans to regulate fashion, which produces 10% of global carbon emissions. American fashion companies are also responsible for a panoply of human rights violations, from COVID-19 outbreaks in factories to relying on slave labor . You have an opportunity to take on this deeply problematic sector by creating a new White House position: It’s time to appoint a Fashion Czar. Read Full Story

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This turnaround CEO has pushed remote work for a decade. Here are her top 5 tips

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The office is an unnecessary, costly luxury and the move to work-from-home was smart policy long before COVID-19, says the former CEO of Optiva. One of the most important tasks for a turnaround CEO is cutting costs quickly. The first place I look to sharpen my shears is all the spend associated with office space. Across 16 companies, I’ve shut down close to 50 offices around the world. Ten years ago, people thought I was crazy; even in 2019, it was still considered unusual—until COVID-19. Read Full Story

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