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Dr. Harrison H. Schmidt - What does it take for Americans to do great things; to go to the moon, to win wars, to dig canals linking oceans, to build railroads across a continent? In independent thought about this question, Neil Armstrong and I concluded that it takes a coincidence of four conditions, or in Neil's view, the simultaneous peaking of four of the many cycles of American life. First, a base of technology must exist from which to do the thing to be done. Second, a period of national uneasiness about America's place in the scheme of human activities must exist. Third, some catalytic event must occur that focuses the national attention upon the direction to proceed. Finally, an articulate and wise leader must sense these first three conditions and put forth with words and action the great thing to be accomplished. The motivation of young Americans to do what needs to be done flows from such a coincidence of conditions.... The Thomas Jeffersons, The Teddy Roosevelts, The John Kennedys appear. We must begin to create the tools of leadership which they, and thier young frontiersmen, will require to lead us onward and upward.

What does it take for Americans to do great things; to go to the moon, to win wars, to dig canals linking oceans, to build railroads across a continent? In independent thought about this question, Neil Armstrong and I concluded that it takes a coincidence of four conditions, or in Neil's view, the simultaneous peaking of four of the many cycles of American life. First, a base of technology must exist from which to do the thing to be done. Second, a period of national uneasiness about America's place in the scheme of human activities must exist. Third, some catalytic event must occur that focuses the national attention upon the direction to proceed. Finally, an articulate and wise leader must sense these first three conditions and put forth with words and action the great thing to be accomplished. The motivation of young Americans to do what needs to be done flows from such a coincidence of conditions.... The Thomas Jeffersons, The Teddy Roosevelts, The John Kennedys appear. We must begin to create the tools of leadership which they, and thier young frontiersmen, will require to lead us onward and upward.

Dr. Harrison H. Schmidt American Geologist
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Eric Rofes - Clearly, this undertaking is the place to dig deeply into the important issues facing our communities today, in education, democracy and social justice. The summit is rich in programming that highlights not only the challenges we face, but also the community-based solutions to those challenges. We offer workshops in which people can hone their skills as organizers and activists. And we have topic-focused sessions, ranging from analysis of Katrina's aftermath as it relates to rural life in California, to exploration of the current wave of militarism engulfing our schools.

Clearly, this undertaking is the place to dig deeply into the important issues facing our communities today, in education, democracy and social justice. The summit is rich in programming that highlights not only the challenges we face, but also the community-based solutions to those challenges. We offer workshops in which people can hone their skills as organizers and activists. And we have topic-focused sessions, ranging from analysis of Katrina's aftermath as it relates to rural life in California, to exploration of the current wave of militarism engulfing our schools.

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Eric Sorensen - In a number of ways, manufacturers have to dig deeper into their engineering toolboxes to find ways to make gains in customer satisfaction. The industry has peaked, at least temporarily, and it will take renewed efforts to again move the competitive bar higher. With the percentage of first-time boat buyers now declining, it's very important to first attract and then keep people in boating, and part of the solution is producing the finest possible engines.

In a number of ways, manufacturers have to dig deeper into their engineering toolboxes to find ways to make gains in customer satisfaction. The industry has peaked, at least temporarily, and it will take renewed efforts to again move the competitive bar higher. With the percentage of first-time boat buyers now declining, it's very important to first attract and then keep people in boating, and part of the solution is producing the finest possible engines.

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