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These were the opening words of Tuesday night’s speed debates at CSIS. The debates
were hosted by AILA with participants from CSIS, The Heritage Foundation, and The
Center for American Progress. This was my first debate competition and only the third
time I have formally debated.
I recently had the opportunity to meet Greg Allgood, the Director of Proctor and Gamble’s
Safe Drinking Water Progam. Mr. Allgood spoke at the SAIS Year of Water: Water and
Agriculture conference in D.C. and demonstrated the effectiveness of P&G’s PUR packets
to purify water for drinking, hand washing and cooking.
When we think of the National Guard in conjunction with the Seven Revolutions, we
tend to think of “conflict”. I recently learned that the modern National Guard is
also very well suited to deal with the topic of “resource management”.
Yasmina Zaidman spoke at SAIS’s Water and Agriculture: Implications for Development
and Growth event on March 30, 2009. Yasmina is the director of knowledge and communications
for the Acumen Fund which works with developing communities to bring self-sufficiency
to those who are forgotten.
“Where the streets have no names” was only one of the phrases that caught my ear.
Another was, “We don’t have to have all of the answers, but we’d better get the right
people to the table.” And the final one, “We are about to go out of business in Angola.”
These were the words of Josette Sheeran, the executive director of the World Food
John Casebolt - In the past 24 hours, I have been convinced that the economic future
of our nation is secure. Not by any insider information or a great epiphany, but by
a simple phrase from an undergraduate student at Penn State. Last night I asked a
group of the students from the Smeal College of Business, “How do we get out of the
current economic situation.”
John Casebolt - Last May E. Neville Isdell, Chairman and CEO of The Coca Cola Company,
made the following statement: “Water is the new oil.” The statement is not new. We’ve
heard it several times from various scholars and journalists over the last year. However,
today, Mr. Isdell’s words took on greater meaning.
John Casebolt - As part of Generation X, I witnessed the birth of cable and satellite
TV, micro-wave ovens, PCs, Pong, and compact discs. I saw the divide between my father
of the Baby Boom Generation and my grandmother of the Greatest Generation. This divide
has been know as the generation gap.
John Casebolt - Can we have our cake and eat it too? When it comes to choosing between
the environment and the economy, I say yes. The idea that being environmentally conscious
is too expensive and damaging to the economy is misleading.
John Casebolt - Once every four years, the sun rises on a new nation. Yesterday, January
20, 2009, the world stopped to witness history being made as Barrack Obama took the
oath of office as the 44th President of the United States of America. I stood in the
midst of over 1 million people (maybe more!) from across the nation and around the
world to take part in this event. I took pictures, talked with strangers and smiled.