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Suzette Brooks Masters

What Can Philanthropy Really Achieve In Times Of Crisis?

The past few weeks has been unlike any others after months of uncertainty, sadness, and fear, marred by protests and violence in the streets of America and the worsening of the global COVID-19 pandemic. “What can we do?” is a real question many of us are asking and discussing privately — how can philanthropy, whether […]

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The Future of Telehealth

With healthcare costs on the rise, many companies and nonprofits are working to bring down costs and improve existing systems. In the midst of a pandemic, can telemedicine prove a feasible fix by providing care without leaving the home? Zach Reitano, cofounder of the telehealth company Ro, explains how virtual diagnosis and low-cost prescriptions can […]

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Broken Meters: Fixing NYC’s Yellow Taxi System

With the addition of Uber and Lyft to the street of New York City, the yellow — and green— taxis have faced an existential moment. Long considered part of the city’s mass transit, what does the future hold for this iconic brand? Mahir Dange and Zahid Biviji, join us to talk about their hope for […]

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Exercise, Support, Community — How the YMCA Nurtures NYC

With locations across the five boroughs, the YMCA of Greater New York has offered spaces and programs that serve their communities for decades. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Y and non-profit organizations like it must adjust to a world where public spaces operate under very different rules. Sharon Greenberger, President […]

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Wayne Ho

How the Asian-American Community in NYC Can Survive and Thrive Post-Crisis

From Chinatown to Flushing, the biggest Asian-American communities in New York City have been suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic for longer than most. Now, Asian communities face discrimination and racism due to the spread of the virus, in addition to the other health and economic burdens hitting the predominantly lower-income population. Chinese-American Planning Council president […]

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Sharon Greenberger

How a Medical Ethicist Looks at COVID-19

New York City’s status as epicenter of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak has put immense stress on its healthcare industry. In the space of a few weeks, doctors have not only adjusted how they operate, but faced stark ethical issues posed by the inequity and weakness in the public health system unearthed by the pandemic. Columbia […]

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How Cities Can Save Small Business During An Economic Downturn

According to government data, around 98 percent of the 220,000 businesses in New York City are classified as small businesses — and with the city shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is real concern that as many as half of them could fail. Bruce Katz, Drexel University professor and founder of the Metropolitan […]

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Why Social Infrastructure Matters In A Time Of Social Distancing

During times of crisis, from Chicago during the 1995 heat wave to New York during the coronavirus pandemic, the disruption of physical spaces yields a new kind of social engagement with both friends and strangers. Eric Klinenberg, director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, explains how a crisis like the coronavirus […]

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