Paul Hawken gave a brilliant graduation address to the students at the University of Portland. I urge you to take five minutes to read it. You may know Hawken for the company he co-founded, Smith and Hawken, which started out selling durable tools for living (today they sell stuff like patio furniture). I purchased a wonderful English garden spade from the company in 1983, and still use it regularly. Hawken is an investor, entrepreneur, environmentalist, a do-gooder in a world that needs lots of good to be done. Here’s hoping that some of that rubs off on you.
Richard Edelman is President and CEO of Edelman, a leading international public relations firm. Read his advice for gaining entry to the public relations business. And while you’re at it, grab the RSS feed for his blog, 6 A.M.
Pictured above: my daughter, Anna, 2009 graduate of Wichita East High School