Day 4: Sound bites from the Young Professionals Seminar

“Life is too important to be taken seriously.” -Oscar Wilde quoted by Peter Gleick

[On figuring out what to do with your life and career choices] “I have three criteria. One, it must make good use of your skills. Two, you have to earn from it. Don’t believe anyone who says you just have to follow your passion, because you also need to eat. Lastly, it needs to be of most service to the world. Wow, that sounds like such a beauty pageant answer!” -Anna Oposa



Photo by YoungJin Kim. Copyright 2013.

“Water is a means to an end, not an end in itself.” -Peter Gleick

“Nexus challenge is changing lifestyles.” -Sunita Narain

[On how to integrate the nexus in development] “There needs to be intergenerational partnerships in the workplace.” -Ponce Samaniego

“If you’re not learning something new everyday, you’re not doing your job properly.” -Ian Makin

“It’s scary when young people are pessimistic when you haven’t gotten your hands dirty.” -Sunita Narain

“Think about the impact that a project will have on your grandchildren.” -Ian Makin

“You never really buy water, you rent it. Then it goes back to the system.” -Ian Makin


“We need to stand on the Giant Shoulder. If you want to do something, you need to do some research.” -Rozemarin te Horst

“We need to rethink our relationship with nature as humans.” -Sarah Brikke


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