David Albert is co-founder and Board Chairman of Friendly Water for the World. In 2012, he retired from a career in public health, took one day off to put new tires on, and hasn’t missed a day since. David was also the founder of New Society Publishers is the author of 11 books, used to write a regular column “My Word” for Life Learning Magazine, and is an itinerant storyteller. He has also founded three foundations, and has worked on and off in India for 40 years. A Quaker, he is energized by his grounded activism, and, with a life lived well, he doesn’t believe burn-out exists. He holds degrees from Williams College, Oxford University, and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, but will trade any of them for exotic musical instruments. He likes sushi and salads, but will eat sautéed spiders in Cambodia.
Friendly Water for the World’s mission is to expand global access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation through knowledge-sharing, training, applied research, community-building, peacemaking, and efforts at sustainability. We empower communities abroad to take care of their own clean water needs, even as we empower people here to make a real difference.
Our vision is of healthy, self-sustaining, empowered, peaceful communities both here and abroad, sharing our knowledge with each other, with life and hope restored through clean water.