Rosabeth Moss Kanter Encourages Audience of Entrepreneurs to Revitalize Transportation Infrastructure

October 6, 2016

Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter called for radical improvements to America’s infrastructure during a breakfast meeting with entrepreneurs and investors in Cambridge this morning. Every day millions of Americans waste an astonishing amount of time on travel, Professor Kanter explained, accounting for well over $150 billion per year of losses to the United States economy.

Professor Kanter, a world-renowned social thinker and professor at Harvard Business School, says this is unacceptable.  Her talk emphasized the abundance of cutting-edge technology and creative minds in the United States and she called upon entrepreneurs, investors and all citizens to focus on rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

Joined by the friends and clients of Feinberg Hanson LLP, as part of Feinberg Hanson LLP’s regular breakfast series spotlighting important economic and technological trends, Professor Kanter laid out major issues with our bridges, roads, and rail systems to a group of nearly 60 entrepreneurs and investors.  Drawing on findings from her latest book, Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead, she made clear that much of the time and money spent on travel is unnecessary. 

“She is an inspirational and thought provoking woman who truly understands our place in time,” expressed a long-time software executive.  “Rosabeth is a remarkable academic and has been a leader in social entrepreneurship for decades,” said David H. Feinberg, Managing Partner of Feinberg Hanson LLP.

According to Professor Kanter, investment in infrastructure in the United States has been neglected since the mid-20th century.  Compared to nations such as Japan, China and Colombia, Professor Kanter finds that the U.S. is lagging behind in providing citizens, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, with fast and economical transportation, both across the country and within city limits.  Once a world-leader with projects such as the transcontinental railroad in the 19th century and the interstate highway system in the mid-20th century, the United States now trails even many third-world countries in transportation systems.  With ride-sharing apps and green energy on the rise, Professor Kanter summoned today’s entrepreneurs to infuse these new technologies into our transportation system and revitalize it from its core.  Only then, Professor Kanter stated, “will we ensure that our economy stays competitive and that the quality of life for future generations is improved.”  In her dialogue, Professor Kanter presented the audience with compelling ideas for how this might be accomplished including developing high-speed trains, expanding commuter trains, and building a bicycle and pedestrian culture within cities.

Feinberg Hanson LLP’s next breakfast will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge.  Steve Gullans, Managing Director of Excel Venture Management and co-author of Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth, will talk about the business and ethical implications of the revolution in life science technology.

About Rosabeth Moss Kanter: Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, and also the Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, a collaboration across all of Harvard's schools to help successful leaders at the top of their professions apply their skills to addressing challenging national and global problems in their next stage of life.  As an expert on strategy, innovation and leadership for change, she has advised numerous national and global corporations and public sector leaders including Michael Dukakis in his 1988 presidential campaign.

About Feinberg Hanson LLP: Formed in 2002 as a boutique corporate law firm focused on entrepreneurship, Feinberg Hanson LLP has grown with its clients and now represents hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses and investors.  Its strategic focus, however, has always remained the same–the firm serves the core legal needs of business entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses and, ultimately, sell their companies or engage in other liquidity events.

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