Global Challenge of Rising Water Session 1

January 12, 2022 | 2:00-4:00 PM EST |

Public Session 1 (of 3) on January 12, 2022 – This event provides participants an international perspective in exploring the roles of business, government, and non-governmental organizations in combating the threat of rising seas due to climate change. It offers WFU students and viewers interested in climate change a chance to engage with an international group of experts who are working right now to make the U.S. more resilient. You do not have to be an enrolled student to view the livestream discussion.Text reads: Special topics in business, Global Challenge of Rising Water livestream on January 12 at 2:00 pm ET. Special Guest is Henk Ovink, Water Ambassador of the Netherlands

This first event in the series begins with problem-solving systems, their origins, and expressions to include the Dutch polder model as a framework for water resilience compared to models used in the United States and international contexts. We will discuss how it has been implemented internationally, and draw contrasts between theory and practice. Mr. Shorto will provide a historical overview of the development of the polder model and how it has shaped Dutch society. He will contrast it with the US, where autonomy is institutionalized and built into structures. Ambassador Ovink will take us around the world to discuss case studies and help us begin to see what works and does not work when culture and policy are transferred from one nation to another, and the challenges and opportunities he has faced marrying the Dutch approach with other cultures.

• Russell Shorto is a best-selling author and expert on Dutch history and Dutch-US relationships. He is an affiliate with the Center for the Study of Capitalism, and co-creator and instructor for the affiliated course, BEM 380.

• Henk Ovink was appointed by the Cabinet of the Netherlands as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs in 2015. As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and NGOs to address the world’s pressing water needs and help initiate transformative interventions.

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Join us for the other public sessions on January 19 and 26 when we welcome additional international experts.