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II. A NEW HOPE

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumAug 14, 2007 8:56 AM
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2006 Legislative Knauss Fellows Reunion Sea Ranch, California August 2007

This is the true story of 10 strangers, picked every year to live in Congress and have their worlds turned upside down. Sucked into the vortex of Capitol Hill and spit back out the other side, they develop an understanding of what the policy world is like and are now armed with the experience and perspective to inform and move legislation with motivation grounded in science and strengthened by providing the right socioeconomic incentives. Yes, generations of past Knauss Sea Grant Fellows now give voice to environmental issues in federal and state government, at universities, and NGO's. They are also artists, poets, musicians, writers, and most importantly, friends. Thus, with mutual trust, there is open and honest communication. A simple recipe proven successful time and again.

So despite far too much depressing media coverage, I find reassuring hope for our future in the knowledge that caring individuals are working hard everyday to ensure things will be alright. And why do I believe it's possible? Because I'm one of them.. and Sea Grant Fellows aside, we're certainly not alone.

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