Wouldn’t it be great if a decade from now we look back on 2018 as the year Northeast Ohio got serious about finding solutions to what is holding back our region economically?
I posed that question several months ago in a column, after I applauded businessman and car dealer Bernie Moreno for announcing a bold idea to make Cleveland the hub of blockchain technology. That announcement came on the heels of Jon Pinney’s brave speech at the City Club.
The managing partner of law firm Kohrman Jackson and Krantz titled his talk, “Dead Last.”
Some civic leaders having those discussions, including Pinney and Moreno, formed a group and recently announced an effort to advance Cleveland’s economic standing and address economic equality — the formation of which we support in this week’s editorial.
The group, which was described in a news release as “a cooperative, inclusive effort to help build trust within the community and develop a shared vision for Cleveland’s future,” will hold a two-day planning session in December.
This very issue was brought up in the first question asked of Pinney during his City Club speech, in which he named eight people he thought could lead the effort.
The questioner pointed out all the people he named were white men.
Pinney agreed that was a problem, saying “that ne to change completely.
It ne to be an inclusive process.”
How is it then, fewer than six months later, a group formed partially in response to Pinney’s speech — and which Pinney is a part of — is so lacking in female representation?
The group said it will include representatives at its December planning session from “a diverse range of companies, organizations and government entities, as well as up-and-coming and not-often-heard voices.
Sure, much has to do with who holds power in our region, and it is overwhelmingly white men.
It’s a deliberate commitment to ensuring all voices are part of the mix.
And thanks to Moreno and Pinney and other leaders who have volunteered their time and talent, we are starting to have that conversation. If we add true diversity and inclusion, attacking those problems with a representative group of problem solvers, we will increase our chances of success.