Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought
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I have spent nearly two decades immersed in the water-energy-carbon nexus, focusing most thoroughly on the many causes and consequences of water scarcity in Africa, Asia and North America. I argue on behalf of empowering the wisdom of crowds to unlock water monopolies. To me, climate change volatility is water volatility. To build social, economic and ecological resilience to a changing climate, we need to take judicious measures in adaptation strategies through water.
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Mr. James G. Workman
Studied at Yale and Oxford; award-winning journalist; recruited to U.S. Cabinet-level aide; essayist on water scarcity, conservation & global warming; strategic planner who has focused teams at the national and international level of conservation, communications and policymaking; in Africa and Asia tested durability of water and energy resources use, impacts, adaptation and development in a changing climate; author, Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought.
1990 Bachelor of Arts in History graduate cum laude, Yale and Oxford Universities.
1990 Journalism fellow, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, FL
2002-2004 Writing fellow for Institute of Current World Affairs, Dartmouth, NH
2005 Free-market environmental fellow, Kinship Conservation Institute, Bozeman, MT
World Water Council Marseille, France
IUCN – The World Conservation Union Gland, Switzerland
Natural Heritage Institute San Francisco, California
USAID-Nexant Bangalore & Delhi, India
WWF/European Union Project FireFight Java, Bali, Sulawesi
World Bank, World Commission on Dams Cape Town, South Africa
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR 1994 – 2000
Policy Strategist: National Restoration Initiatives:
Chief Speech Writer/Editor to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKER & ACADEMIC LECTURER 2003 – 2008
• Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies: “John Muir meets Michael Milken: Free market options in an age of scarcity.”
• University of Cape Town, Department of Global Economics: “Climate Flux and Water Scarcity: Preparing in advance for a changing world.”
• United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA: “Confluence of Science & Markets: Policy options to counter altered landscapes.”
• California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Water, Scarcity and the limits of the State: Adaptive governance to climate flux.”
BOOK AUTHOR AND EDITOR
Author: Heart of Dryness, WalkerBooks/Bloomsbury (August 2009)
Author: Diminishing Resources: Water, MorganReynolds (November 2009)
Co-author, Billions on the Brink: The rule of water in the world’s weakest states, IUCN (Forthcoming)
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