Jon Rose

1958

Founder & President, Waves for Water

Pro surfer Jon Rose was aboard a boat off the coast of Sumatra during a surf trip in Sept. 2009 when he felt a slight shake. He had no way of knowing that a 7.6 magnitude earthquake had destroyed the city of Padang ? with more than 1,000 lives lost and 100,000 homeless ? until he came to shore and saw the devastated city. It was at that moment Jon?s life would change ? and in turn, so would the lives of others who would soon have access to clean water. The eye-opening experience solidified the need for Waves for Water, a non-profit organization aimed to bring clean water solutions to impoverished countries around the world.

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Wednesday, October 10
Talk

Water: The Ripple Effect

Our most precious resource is becoming more valuable by the day. Water affects and is affected by everything: it is the difference between life and... read more
Speakers: Jon Rose, Marcelo Garcia, Shalini Kantayya, Wendy Pabich, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. , Peter Gleick
Owen Theatre @ Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn Street

Chicago Ideas Week Oct 17 – 23, 2016

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