Social injustice – which is really 100 issues, not one – but my core focus at the moment is making sure people can get to work without having to have their own car. Outside London, buses are disappearing and, for low-income workers in towns and small cities, a lack of transport can genuinely prevent them taking on jobs (let alone accessing medical care, affordable supermarkets or seeing their friends and family). At the same time, there is a huge range of 21st century transport technology being built for San Francisco, London and Berlin. Yet almost nobody is thinking about how to build solutions for the places they’re really needed: Skelmersdale, Wellingborough or Middlesbrough. Tandem is focused exclusively on towns of that size.
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ABOUT ALEX SHAPLAND-HOWES
Alex is Co-Founder and CEO Of Tandem, a mission-driven start-up which exists to end transport poverty. Tandem is focused on creating new transport options for people living in towns and small cities where buses are inadequate, expensive and getting worse. Alex has committed his career to tackling social injustice. His work has focused on engaging with communities to improve their own lives, notably as Managing Director of the non-profit Future First, which he grew to work with over 20% of all secondary schools nationwide alongside 200,000 community volunteers. Having started his career through the Teach First programme, he remains active in fighting educational disadvantage as a school governor in Newham and a board member of the Skills Builder Partnership.
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