Thursday night, I ventured up to the MoMa for Jonathan Tisch’s book launch party. Citizen You is a quick read, filled with practical ways to get involved and become an active citizen in your local community. Scott is featured in the opening pages (and is also in the latest Vanity Fair with Tisch), and would’ve liked to go. But he had already committed to speak in Mexico this week, so I attended the launch in his place. Ironically, he was giving a speech to the graduating class at Anahuac University in Mexico City, inspiring them to become active citizens, too.
After an hour of cocktails, I wasn’t surprised when speakers took the stage. But I was surprised at who they were — Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former president Bill Clinton. They spoke about the importance of being engaged in the community, both local and global. I’ll admit, it was incredibly inspiring to hear Bill Clinton honor the work of every day citizens and organizations like charity: water, One Laptop Per Child and KickStart.
Here at charity: water, we try to celebrate our accomplishments often — it keeps us positive in light of the tremendous problem we have taken upon ourselves to solve. But it’s events like this and people like Tisch, Clinton and Bloomberg that gently humble and remind us that we still have so much to aspire to.
– Viktoria Harrison,
Director of Design and Branding