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Born: 1953-07-20
Profession: Journalist
Nation: American
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My mom enlisted in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and my parents actually bought our home thanks to the loan she got through the GI Bill.

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Optimists are usually wrong. But all the great change in history, positive change, was done by optimists.

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Presidents grow up in the White House. The times shape the man.

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There is no substitute for face-to-face reporting and research.

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We are led by lawyers who do not understand either technology or balance sheets.

Tags: Legal, Technology, Understand

We need to become energy independent or at least aspire to that.

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We say that necessity is the mother of invention, and no country has more of a necessity to develop clean power than China.

Tags: Country, Mother, Power

What is al Qaeda? It's an open source religious political movement that works off the global supply chain.

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You win the presidency by connecting with the American people's gut insecurities and aspirations. You win with a concept.

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You'll know the green revolution has been won when the word 'green' disappears.

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There's a difference between being able to make long distance phone calls cheaper on the Internet and walking around Riyadh with a PDA where you can have all of Google in your pocket. It's a difference in degree that's so enormous it becomes a difference in kind.

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You take one bomber and deploy him in Baghdad, and another is manufactured in Riyadh the next day. It's exactly like when you take the toy off the shelf at Wal-Mart and another is made in Shen Zhen the next day.

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Al Qaeda is nothing more than a mutant supply chain. They're playing off the same platform as Wal-Mart and Dell. They're just not restrained by it. What is al Qaeda? It's an open source religious political movement that works off the global supply chain. That's what we're up against in Iraq. We're up against a suicide supply chain.

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By 'flat' I did not mean that the world is getting equal. I said that more people in more places can now compete, connect and collaborate with equal power and equal tools than ever before. That's why an Indian in Bangalore can take care of the office work of American doctors or read the X-rays of German hospitals.

Tags: Care, Power, Work

Golf has an ambivalent relationship with the environment. On one hand, it's a great preserver of open spaces. Golf doesn't pave the world - it helps to green the world. But the downside is, it uses a lot of fertilizer, pesticides and water.

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I am hoping, though, that many of them have kids, who, when they have a moment to take a break from their iPods, Internet, or Google, will explain to their parents running the country just how the world is being flattened.

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I basically did all the library research for this book on Google, and it not only saved me enormous amounts of time but actually gave me a much richer offering of research in a shorter time.

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I think we have lost our groove as a country. One of the reasons was the attack on 9/11. We got knocked off our game. From a country that always exported hope we went into the business of exporting fear.

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I've been a critic of the antiglobalization movement, and they've been a critic of me, but the one thing I respect about the movement is their authentic energy. These are not people who don't care about the world.

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In Globalization 1.0, which began around 1492, the world went from size large to size medium. In Globalization 2.0, the era that introduced us to multinational companies, it went from size medium to size small. And then around 2000 came Globalization 3.0, in which the world went from being small to tiny.

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It created a global platform that allowed more people to plug and play, collaborate and compete, share knowledge and share work, than anything we have ever seen in the history of the world.

Tags: History, Knowledge, Work

Nature is regulating our climate for free. Mother Nature, she's been doing that for free, for a long, long time. Now do you really want to get in there and do geo-engineering and all this kind of stuff?

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No matter where I go - London, Beirut, Jerusalem, Washington, Beijing, or Bangalore - I'm always looking to rediscover that land of ten thousand lakes where politics actually worked to make people's lives better, not pull them apart.

Tags: Lives, Matter, Politics
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Several technological and political forces have converged, and that has produced a global, Web-enabled playing field that allows for multiple forms of collaboration without regard to geography or distance - or soon, even language.

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Sometimes, when my wife and I were going out to dinner, I would take my laptop with me and work in the car, so as to take advantage of the half hour going and coming.

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Supply chains cannot tolerate even 24 hours of disruption. So if you lose your place in the supply chain because of wild behavior you could lose a lot. It would be like pouring cement down one of your oil wells.

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The country that owns green, that dominates that industry, is going to have the most energy security, national security, economic security, competitive companies, healthy population and, most of all, global respect.

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The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention argues that no two countries that are both part of the same global supply chain will ever fight a war as long as they are each part of that supply chain.

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Two things are going on at the same time with the flattening of the world: The relentless quest for efficiency is squeezing some of the fat out of life.

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We need better neighbors, neighbors that care about the schools in their neighborhood whether they have kids in them or not, because they know that the health and vitality of that neighborhood depends on it.

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We've gone from thinking the fuels that powered our growth were inexpensive, inexhaustible and benign to understanding they are exhaustible, expensive and toxic. Once you frame the problem that way, people will look at solutions differently.

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When I was growing up, my parents told me, 'Finish your dinner. People in China and India are starving.' I tell my daughters, 'Finish your homework. People in India and China are starving for your job.'

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I was in Bangalore, India, the Silicon Valley of India, when I realized that the world was flat.

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I love America. I think it's the best country in the world. But I also think we're not tending to our sauce.

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I firmly believe that the next great breakthrough in bioscience could come from a 15-year-old who downloads the human genome in Egypt.

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Rock stars get room keys, I get business cards.

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The historical debate is over. The answer is free-market capitalism.

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Yes, the world is now flat for publishing as well.

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I have a daughter who is a sophomore in college and another who is in the 11th grade of high school.

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If you don't visit the bad neighborhoods, the bad neighborhoods are going to visit you.

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No, most of our political elite has not realized that the world is flat.

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Rock stars get room keys, I get business cards. Wherever I go I meet innovators of wind power equipment, solar energy operators.

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The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist.

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Basically all the world's computer parts come from the same supply chain that runs from Korea, down through coastal China, over to Taiwan, and down to Malaysia.

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I'm a capitalist. I believe in capitalism. But capitalism only works if you have safety nets to deal with people who are naturally left behind and brutalized by it.

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If you followed this economic crisis and you do not think that the world is getting flatter, you are not paying attention. We saw the entire global economy at one time acting totally in sync. The real truth is the world is even flatter than I thought. Our mortgage crisis is killing Deutsche Bank. You still don't think the world is flat?

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A golf course should aspire to generate as much energy as it consumes - golf should be leading the way toward energy net zero.

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America needs rebooting.

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Do you know what my favorite renewable fuel is? An ecosystem for innovation.

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Every golf course should have its carbon rating on the scorecard, alongside its Course Rating, Slope, par and yardage.

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Every sport needs its temple, its cathedral.

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I attended public school with the same group of kids from K through 12.

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I said that more people in more places can now compete, connect and collaborate with equal power and equal tools than ever before.

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I'm from Minnesota. I'm optimistic. I mean, that's just who I am.

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If you don't have an ethic of conservation, you basically have a license to drive a Hummer through the Amazon.

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McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15.

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