by Micah Mitchell Hines, City Fellow, CEOs for Cities //
Who say’s infrastructure isn’t sexy? In Move, best-selling author Rosabeth Moss Kanter* contends that transportation and infrastructure are some of the most critical issues facing Americans. Our infrastructure is shabby and deteriorating. Frankly, it’s an embarrassment.
The average American family spends up to 20% of their income on transportation – and they’re not getting anywhere. Americans spend about a week (38 hours) per year stuck in traffic. But they don’t have to be.
Kanter provides an in-depth analysis of the nation’s transportation systems and infrastructure. She examines the history of transportation, discusses international models and shares examples of innovative work that is taking place in cities across U.S.
Through data and analysis, Kanter makes a compelling argument that mobility is essential to economic development, opportunities and quality of life. She challenges cross-sector leaders to innovate, engage in discussion and take action to develop solutions to antiquated systems.
After seeing her interview with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, we at CEOs for Cities were anxious to pick up Kanter’s latest work. We weren’t disappointed. It is a compelling read, and a critical tool for leaders who want to make meaningful change in the area of transportation.
*Rosabeth Moss Kanter also holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School and is chair and director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Institute.