Charles Fishman

Charles Fishman


In the last four years, Charles Fishman has become one of the most forceful, challenging, and inspiring public voices on water issues, speaking everywhere from MIT and UCLA to the US State Department.

Fishman’s book, “The Big Thirst: The secret life & turbulent future of water,” has become a best-selling water book. It is changing how people think about water and how they manage it. “The Big Thirst” does something few water books do—it restores a sense of wonder about water, along with a sense of urgency.

Fishman’s message is both blunt and optimistic. The next decade will see a revolution in water akin to the revolution we’ve seen in computing, in medicine, and in communication over the last 10 years. Around the world, how people use water, how they get it, what they pay for it, and how they think about it—all will change. Because it must change.

Fishman is a former reporter for the Washington Post. He was also a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. Since 1996, he has worked for the business magazine Fast Company. Fishman’s work has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism. Fishman is the author of two other New York Times bestsellers, “The Wal-Mart Effect,” about Wal-Mart’s impact on how we live; and the #1 NYT bestseller, “A Curious Mind,” about the power of curiosity, with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer.

Fishman grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from Harvard. After a stint in Mexico City, he now lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, also a journalist, their two children, and their two Labradors. A two-foot wide creek runs through his backyard.