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Crisis inspires innovation, per Gov. O’Malley

Martin O’Malley “I think there’s a lot of hope out of this,” said former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “I deeply sense there’s a whole wave of innovation and a lot of positive, life-giving action that will come out of this pandemic.

“I believe we’re going to come out of this with a much more focused, concerted and — hopefully, at least for the next two or three years — sustained action to up our level of preparedness for pandemics,” O’Malley told Robert Shea, Grant Thornton Strategy principal.

Besides preparedness, O’Malley pointed to innovations in remote work and learning. “We’re overcoming barriers in terms of getting laptops in the hands of the poorest of our children and our schools that we never would’ve overcome before. But because we have to now, we are.

“We’re learning lessons from this. I think that this will be an event that brings us closer together as a country and as a people on this planet.”

Watch “Hope for the future” for more on new ways forward that could be developed because of COVID-19.



For more on leadership before and during a crisis, visit Crisis strategy: Gov. O’Malley on taking charge, Crisis leadership: Gov. O’Malley’s 4 questions and Crisis management: Lessons from Gov. O’Malley. See “Is the CARES Act enough?” for highlights of the federal response to COVID-19.

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