It’s been 8 weeks since my family and I left “”normal life” in Shanghai for what we thought would be a 2 week “vacation”.
Now, while we are based safely in the US, and are all together, we simply look forward to getting back to normal life where we are surrounded by friends, where I am able to drop my kid off at the bus, and I am able to resume working with amazing people around the Asia region.
It’s a tall order I know.
Especially as COVID19 continues its spread, and news of border closures, airline shutdowns, and city-level lockdowns are leading stories.
As the reality of the last two months has begun to fully set in, I am fully aware that this crisis could have a lasting impact on the communities we have built, what we had planned for 2020, and could alter “normal” forever going forward.
Something that, in part, I find exciting, but if I am honest, I am really looking forward to getting on a plane back home soon.
Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, I’ve spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to understand their power to leverage innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership to solve “the big” challenges cities face.
Currently, as the Managing Director of Collective Responsibility, Executive Director of HandsOn China, and a former Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), I’m focused on building platforms that promote long term organizational capacity to address the economic, environmental, and social hurdles that China faces as the country’s economic growth accelerates.