An Uncertain Future: Scenario Planning in a Pandemic

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is collaborating with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ COVID-19 Local Response Initiative to support mayors as they manage the pandemic. A tenth virtual discussion session held on May 21, 2020, focused on scenario analysis during the pandemic.

In the tenth session of the COVID-19 Local Response Initiative, Rebecca Henderson, the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at the Harvard Business School, and Jorrit de Jong, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and Harvard Kennedy School, discussed effective crisis leadership and tools for imagining and working through the implications of various plausible futures.

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Public Health Update

Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provided critical public health updates.

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About the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a collaboration among Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Its mission is to inspire and strengthen city leaders, as well as equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative cities. Learn more on the Initiative’s website.




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