Once the Democratic presidential candidate from South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is now the nineteenth U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart for a Keynote dialog to animate the way forward for transportation throughout SXSW Online 2021.
Buttigieg begins by sharing his story of being not solely the youngest Cabinet secretary but in addition the primary brazenly LGBTQ+ Cabinet member in U.S. historical past, illustrating what number of glass ceilings are left to be damaged. The dialog additionally delves into the significance of getting individuals to vaccine websites throughout Covid-19, the emergence of what Buttigieg calls a “transportation decade,” and then lands on the coronary heart of his Keynote: the right way to create and construct a extra equitable transportation expertise for America.
“I think we’re close to the beginning of what I’m going to call ‘infrastructure season’ and if we do it right this is going to be an infrastructure decade.”
With an essential reminder that “good intentions won’t be enough,” Buttigieg defines his transportation plan, hanging with practicality and confidence:
Sounds good, Mayor Pete! But what does an equitable transportation system actually appear to be? He emphasizes that communities who’ve been reduce out as a result of constructing of highways, or the dearth thereof, have to be reprioritized. Building up a enterprise labor base that displays the neighborhood dwelling the place transportation tasks are taking place will likely be key.
“We need to do a better job of counting up who wins and who loses when a transportation decision is made.”
To make this a actuality, the individuals planning should exhibit empathy. Buttigieg brings it house with a name to motion, reminding us that “anything good comes out of our ability to identify with the interests of others.” And the easiest way to grasp others is to work together inside shared areas, probably on a practice, bus, or sidewalk.
He prompts us to think about how empathy is aroused. Empathy will not be stirred by information or by proving that you just’re proper and anyone else is improper. Empathy is aroused via tales, discovering methods to see each other, and by creating shared experiences.
“Everybody that’s moving has a story of why they’re moving.”
The dream is to make individuals’s day by day journeys to work, faculty or house that they are going to repeat hundreds of occasions of their lives higher and extra entire even within the smallest of the way.
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