Why Water Is a Fundamental National Security Issue

2014 Global Thinker Arye Kohavi and writer Charles Fishman explain why the world’s water problems are solvable — if it weren’t for the clunky policies standing in the way.


In this week’s Global Thinkers podcast, writer Charles Fishman and Water-Gen’s Arye Kohavi swap stories about reporting on and finding solutions for the clean water problems. FP Story Editor Amanda Silverman hosts.

About the participants:

Arye Kohavi is a 2014 Global Thinker. He’s the president and founder of Water-Gen, a start-up that has developed tech that can essentially turn air into potable water. Kohavi is a former Israeli special forces officer who started working on point-of-use water solutions in 2009 after he experienced first hand the challenges of getting troops clean drinking water. The company has since sold devices to militaries in Israel, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States and developed in-home appliances.

Charles Fishman is the author of the 2011 bestseller The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, which explores the human relationship with water and the end of the era in which water was abundant, free, and safe. A Fast Company contributor, he’s also the author of A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, which he wrote with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer, and The Wal-Mart Effect. He contributed the essay “Don’t Let Water Be the Problem” to FP’s Food and Water issue published in July. Follow him on Twitter: @cfishman.

Amanda Silverman is a story editor for print at FP. Follow her on Twitter: @apsilverman.

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