The popular THIRST presentation was created by Jeff Brenman, and is our most widely commented on external media. In 2008 THIRST won first place in the World’s Best Presentation Contest on SlideShare.net.
The story behind THIRST
Everybody drinks, but hardly anyone is talking about water. THIRST is an educational slideshow that explores the realities of the emerging global fresh water shortage.
The water crisis is an issue that’s going to affect everyone, but the majority of people don’t know much about it. For this reason, Jeff Brenman (Apollo Ideas) felt it was a perfect topic for a web-based, educational presentation. In early 2008, Jeff wrote, designed, and began distributing THIRST online.
THIRST is far from comprehensive, but intentionally so. It does not offer a list of suggestions for how to conserve water. It does not get into the politics of who controls the water resources around the world. Instead, THIRST starts a conversation. It was designed to inspire people to want to explore the topic deeper. As a story, THIRST was created to act as a beginning — not a beginning, middle, and end.
It’s working. THIRST won first place in the 2008 World’s Best Presentation Contest on SlideShare.net. It has since been viewed by more than 250,000 people worldwide, and adopted for use by dozens of non-profits and educators.
Thanks to Jeff and Apollo Ideas for creating this wonderful presentation!