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Clean Water/Throwing Rocks At The Google Bus

Ralph talks everything water, including how cities can maintain clean water in the face of natural disasters with George Hawkins, CEO of the municipal utility, DC Water.  And media maven, Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, talks about how to maintain your power and humanity in the age of digital monopolies.


George Hawkins serves as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of DC Water (, which is a public utility that distributes drinking water and collects and treats wastewater for more than 672,000 residents and 17.8 million annual visitors in the District of Columbia. DC Water also provides wholesale wastewater treatment services for 1.6 million people in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia.  They are provide high quality water services in a safe, environmentally friendly, and efficient manner.


Recommended by George Hawkins:

The Water Environment Federation

The American Water Works Association

“In fact, bottled water is less regulated than drinking water coming out of the tap.  That doesn’t mean it’s cleaner or not cleaner.  It just means you’re not sure of that, and there’s not any reason to guarantee it.” George Hawkins: CEO of DC Water


Douglas Rushkoff is a prolific writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. He is the author of fifteen bestselling books on media, technology, and society, including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock and Coercion: Why We Listen to What “They” Say. He has made such award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries as “Generation Like,” “Merchants of Cool,” and “The Persuaders,” and is the author of the graphic novels Testament and Aleister & Adolf . He also hosts his own podcast called “Team Human”. And his latest book is entitled Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity.

“We’re taking the smartest kids out of Stanford and teaching them what’s called ‘captology’ in the labs of BJ Fogg how to elicit these Pavlovian responses to every bell and swipe and text and button on our smartphones, so that every swipe we make on our smartphone, it gets smarter about us as we get dumber about it.” Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity


  1. Bruce K. says:

    Rushkoff, to me, and I have read two of his books, represents a class of people who deep into the system while pretending to function as critics of the system at the same time. I know everyone has to make a living, but I don’t see anyone who is in this niche really functioning as a leader or philosopher of change. How can they … where are they in a any new order? And that includes Noam Chomsky by the way. It is just hopeful wishful nonsense.

    That is why I appreciate Bernie Sanders so much … he explains how it is about US, not him, not about giving money or celebrity status to people who talk good for do virtually nothing, and many including Rushkoff work for the Corporatocracy.

  2. Bruce K. says:

    The discussion here is pathetic … not to mention I have quite a few comments that are not getting approved. Is this because of something in the comment or just because the moderator is taking a vacation or asleep?

  3. How does one access the written transcript of this?

  4. NooN says:

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  5. NooM says:

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