May 13, 2020
I really miss watching live, current sports events. While I’m religiously watching ESPN’s The Last Dance, it barely feeds the addiction. And watching re-runs of 40-year-old football games doesn’t scratch my sports itch.
We’re living in a sort of “time out”. It’s as though we paused whatever game—all of the games—we were playing and went to the sideline, the bench, our corner.
This COVID-19 pandemic has created a new condition that we’ll be living in even after play resumes. It’s also put a bright light on some of the weaknesses in our system and how we were doing things. How we come out of this time out, how we choose to start playing again, and how we approach the challenge of recovery will define the Texas that we live in going forward.
Steven W. Pedigo is a Professor of Practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He’s also the inaugural director of the Urban Lab there. He and I have written A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunity for All Texans. We outline nine principles and associated actions that will help create an inclusive and more resilient Texas in the new normal.
Texas has a responsibility—and an opportunity—to not just simply try to recreate the past. We can do better and this is our chance to do better.
The Playbook outlines detailed steps to:
Stay safe, happy and healthy.