Google visits the Council
During his insightful and amusing discussion of internet censorship and freedom of expression, Council speaker Ben Blink, a senior policy analyst at Google, called the internet "the most powerful communications tool in human history." In the free and open environment of the internet, he said, "Ideas and art rise to the top or crash to the bottom because people decide, ultimately, what's important." You can hear this worthwhile discussion on our podcast.
Council Board Member Thomas F. Codd
Congratulations to Council Board Member Thomas F. Codd who, PwC US announced Monday, is the corporation's new US Human Capital Leader and a Vice Chairman. His responsibilities include "driving PwC's talent strategy, including its programs and policies around flexibility, engagement, career progression and leadership development."
Triumph of the Spirit Award
The Council's 2013 International Educator of the Year Bhavani Parpia has earned another honor — she is the first local recipient of the Embrey Human Rights Program Triumph of the Spirit Award. A veteran educator she founded ConnecTeach Inc. to reach into the world's poor communities.
Political Order and Political Decay, the latest book by Stanford political scientist Francis Fukuyama, who'll make Council appearances in Dallas (October 16) and Fort Worth (October 17), is the recipient of remarkable praise in The Economist for the author's careful, thorough research supporting his views. Earlier last month, Fukuyama's work received an interesting analysis in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Ambassador Christopher Hill
An experienced diplomat, who served in Iraq and will present two Council programs in November, told the Australian website news.com.au, “ISIS has behaved in a manner that really makes it difficult to carry on any conceivable conversation with them, negotiation or anything else… I think that we don’t have much choice at this point but to come after them.” The story was published over the weekend and touched on other key diplomatic issues. Regarding the risks involved in Iraq, Ambassador Hill said, “What you’re trying to do is make sure the risks of action are less than the risk of non-action.”
UAE Appeals Against Terrorists
Writing in The Wall Street Journal this week, United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba, our October 23 Council speaker, appealed for a united front against terrorists and declared, “Islamic extremism has long been a Middle East problem but it is now the world's problem, too.”