An Evening with Activist and Author, David Burstein
October 6, 2014
David, 25, serves as the CEO of Run for America, a disruptive postpartisan initiative to bring a new generation of talent into our political system and catalyze political leaders to start solving our biggest problems. He is the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World, the first broad book written by a Millennial about the Millennial Generation. The book takes readers inside the largest generation in history to tell how and why they are changing business, technology, culture, and politics. Books will be available at the event for signing and purchase.
Previously David founded Generation18, a nonpartisan young-voter engagement organization. The organization grew out of the documentary film, 18 in '08, which David directed and produced about young voters in the 2008 election. From 2007-2008, Generation18 registered over 25,000 new voters, held over 1,000 events in 35 states, and produced a get-out-the-vote Public Service Announcement series with stars including Olivia Wilde and Maggie Gyllenhaal. For his work, David received a 2009 DoSomething Award and his story was featured on several million bags of Doritos. His 2012 follow-up film, Up to Us, focused on the optimism and resilience of the Millennial Generation in the face of the economic crisis.
National Security and Climate Change Public Briefing in Washington, D.C.
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, held a briefing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
What do a White House senior advisor, scientists, military planners, business people and a member of Congress have in common? At a June 4 symposium in Seattle organized by the Jackson Foundation and PNNL, they agreed that the impact of climate change on national security will only increase with time. Thirty-six leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia participated in the symposium titled “The Intersection of National Security and Climate Change – What do Decision-makers Need to be Prepared?”
The briefing focused on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlighted the next steps for action. A Summary Report distributed at the event can be downloaded here.
- John Marburger, Climate Change Affairs Officer, Task Force Climate Change Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, will address the military’s perspective on the threats facing our nation from global warming.
- Alice Hill, White House Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience, will provide a perspective on the President’s priorities around national security and climate policy.
- Dr. Ian Kraucunas, Deputy Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change division, will highlight climate trends and tools available to national and local decision-makers.
- Larry Phillips, Chair, King County Council will discuss the Pacific Northwest’s strategies to tackle the threat of climate change.
Jackson Foundation Vice President Craig Gannett, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine and co-chair of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practice group, moderated the discussion. Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of the Wilson Center’s Program opened the briefing and provided concluding remarks.
The Intersection of National Security and Climate Change - What Decision-makers Need to be Prepared
U.S. and Northwest leaders are facing increasingly interrelated national security and climate change challenges – challenges that will only increase in the coming decades. The symposium featured top scientists, military brass, university experts and public and private sector leaders. Participants outlined strategies for tackling the risks faced by our nation and our region.
This public briefing provided the key outcomes from the discussion and highlighted planned next steps for action.
Speakers at the briefing included:
- Larry Phillips, King County Council Chair and Jackson Foundation Board Member
- Jeff Arnold, Ph.D., Senior climate scientist, US Army Corp of Engineers
- Ian Kraucunas, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, PNNL
The Future Direction of International Affairs Education & Foreign Language Studies in the U.S.
Working Across the Aisle, with U.S. Reps Kilmer and Reichert
Watch a video of the program here.
Environmental Policy & Management Strategies for the 21st Century
- Ann Bostrom, Weyerhaeuser Endowed Professor in Environmental Policy, Evans School
- Joseph H. Cook, Associate Professor, Evans School
- Roel Hammerschlag, MPA '07, Principal, Hammerschlag & Co. LLC
- Lily Hsueh, Ph.D. '12, National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The discussion was moderated by the Foundation's Vice President, Craig Gannett, Partner and Co-Chair of Energy and Environmental Practice, Davis Wright Tremaine. Sandra O. Archibald, Dean and Professor, Evans School, offered the welcome.
Access the video of the full program here.
Public Interest Law in Russia
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On Leadership: Foreign Policy in Congress
Watch a video of the introductory remarks by Foundation President John Hempelmann.
See the main discussion.
View the question and answer session.
Leadership Forum on Environmental Management and Policy
International Political Perspectives within the Strategic Rebalance to Asia
Contending Perspectives on the Rule of Law in China
One major draw of the conference was the participation of Peking University’s Dr. He Weifang, a well-respected and outspoken scholar who has regularly been the target of censure and administrative punishment by the Chinese government. The event provided a rare opportunity to hear firsthand from one of the major proponents of legal reform and the rule of law in China. NBR will publish an article based on the presentations and the discussions at the conference in the first half of 2014.