Water, Water Everyone and Not a Drop for Me!

It was raining this morning, and that sets me into a mood of musing about water. I grew up on the middle of the bayous of Louisiana, and water always seemed plentiful. Then I moved to California in the mid-70s. I began to understand the delicate balance between water and our human needs.

There is a good amount of water in northern California from the snow pack of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and a system of reservoirs. Much of this water is sent via an aqueduct to the farming regions of the San Joaquin valley and the population centers of the southern part of the state.

There was great tension over who got the water that was, more often than not, resolved by the power brokers in the state capitol. This system was never particularly fair, and we just accepted it as the fate of living in a less populated part of the state.

In my water musings, I started listening to a Business Matters interview from October of 2008. In it, I talked with Alan Snitow, the executive producer of the documentary Thirst and its companion book.

Now, I always thought that water was something that was “owned” by the people. I found that to be changing rapidly with grave consequences.  When private interests “own” the water, they can set whatever price they choose, for a commodity that we can’t live without. My sad realization was that this situation has continued on this path over the past 3 years.

Hmmm…what do I want to do about that? I’m not sure. I invite you to listen and see what you think.


Interview with Alan Snitow, Co-Producer and Co-Author, Thirst |
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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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