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World Economic Forum Day 2
  • Photos from the well attended water.org session/workshop with Maria Bartiromo at Davos are at Flickr and this Instagram from Eunice Olsen.

  • Interviews with Matt and Gary White are at the Huffington Post and CNBC. Other events are noted below, and photos are from Arianna Huffington's social entrepreneurs dinner and this Twitter page. There will be a live chat with Matt on the Weather Channel on Thursday morning about water and climate change.

    vishnu ‏@vishnu_db9
    Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, Matt Damon and Tony Blair (chair) on one stage. Some line-up this. Topic - philanthropy. #WEF2014 #Davos

    Lawyers On Demand ‏@LOD_Law
    Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson and Matt Damon discussing philanthropy at a session chaired by Tony Blair at #Davos2014 what a line up!

    Tina Brown ‏@TinaBrownLM
    @CreditSuisse pavilion #Davos definitely where action is...Matt Damon in deep convo w/ @richardbranson & @George_Osborne...

    WFP & Business ‏@wfp_business
    One of many #specialguests in our WFP tent: #MattDamon standing up for #zerohunger at @unfoundation event in @davos

    Arianna Huffington
    Speaking with #MattDamon about Water.org at the #SchwabFoundation social entrepreneurs dinner in #Davos. #wef14 #wef(photo credit: @GS10KWomen)

  • E Online posted some highlights of Matt's acceptance speech at the Crystal Awards ceremony:

    To our delight, Matt Damon didn't just stick with the GWP and supply and demand while addressing the World Economic Forum.

    "This is a really, really big honor and I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association...Wait, this is the wrong speech," the actor and Water.org cofounder began while there to accept an award for his role in the quest to expand access to drinkable water around the world.

    "This is the Golden Globes speech I never got to give," Damon clarified, deadpan, referring to his loss that night to Behind the Candelabra costar Michael Douglas for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries.

    "I know I didn't win, but to be honest I kind of want to give this speech anyway," he continued. "It's pretty good. There's this part where I talk about what it was like working with Michael Douglas, and I get kind of emotional. It's really good!

    "Then I get a big kiss from Bono...Anyway, I'll do that next year maybe."
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 23rd, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ah, Finland

    From a London-based USA Today writer:

    Kim Hjelmgaard ‏@khjelmgaard 6m
    @davos-type problem. Matt Damon tells @USATODAY that at a dinner here he turned to someone at his table and... 1/2
    2/2 ...asked what they did. The reply: "I'm the prime minister of Finland." @davos @wef
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 23rd, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ah, Finland

    Ha ha ..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 23rd, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Looks like Matt's doing lots of interviews with the international press this afternoon.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 23rd, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Davos

    A few updates:


    Tony Fernandes ‏@tonyfernandes
    At PepsiCo dinner and Matt Damon is here to talk about water. Ceo of wal mart and of course the dynamic ceo of Pepsi Co Indra nooyi

    Linda Yueh ‏@lindayueh
    Charitable causes are also a big talking point at Davos. I'm talking water with Matt Damon &Gary White #AM14 pic.twitter.com/W5v8EWOYv0

    Jon Sopel ‏@BBCJonSopel
    Matt Damon on Global, arguing for his non-profit http://water.org @BBCWorld pic.twitter.com/IUBwezd1tF

    Jon Sopel ‏@BBCJonSopel
    Matt Damon tells me on #Global: "I wound up with a bigger megaphone than most people get & it's incumbent on me to use it." @Water #BBC #WEF

    Nida Khan ‏@NidaKhanNY
    Do whatever you can within your sphere of influence says Matt Damon on BBC discussing @Water

    Jon Sopel ‏@BBCJonSopel
    On #Global @water's Matt Damon tells me: Water should be made available, "the poor are only coming to the table with a straw" #Davos #WEF

    Mehdi Mollahasani ‏@Mollahasani
    Check out our new Olympic campaign for TD Ameritrade with voice over by Matt Damon - YouTube http://bit.ly/1dVaGrg

    A few videos from the HFPA:

    Edited at 2014-01-23 08:31 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 23rd, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Weather channel story

    I'm not sure this link will work, but here's an attempt to link the weather channel story. There really isn't much with Matt but the reporter does a very nice job presenting the scope of the problem.
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 23rd, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    i feel a little guilty thinking about how handsome he looks given the reason for the photos!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 23rd, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt's interview with the BBC is up.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bbc

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)


    Felicity you deserve an award for all the coverage you share here about Matt on your website (mattdamoncolumn), thank you. I get really upset with the way the world is, so I like coming here to read, conversate, and watch the Matt interviews and trailers, etc. Matt makes my heart feel better. M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 24th, 2014 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thanks M, it's been an interesting week at Davos (and a very busy couple of weeks, with more to come leading up to the Monuments Men release).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 24th, 2014 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt will be interviewed on BBC Radio 4 at 8.20am this morning and you can listen live:

    Today’s Mishal Husain speaks to actor Matt Damon about why he is at the World Economic Forum.

    Mishal Husain ‏@MishalHusainBBC
    The Matt Damon interview is on @BBCr4today 0820. And yes ... I rather enjoyed meeting him.

    Edited at 2014-01-24 08:09 am (UTC)
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