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by Kevin Coupe

Last night, on "The Daily Dhow with Jon Stewart," former President Bill Clinton appeared to talk about next week's meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. And he noted that on Sunday afternoon, one of the people on the conference's very first panel, would be Mike Duke, CEO of Walmart.

Jon Stewart was a little surprised, and asked if Duke would be serving as a greeter as people file in.

No, Clinton replied, Duke hires unemployed senior citizens like him to do that. But then Clinton went on to explain the reason for Duke's appearance - that Walmart is being exceptionally proactive at trying to engineer into its systems sustainable systems that will be both positive for the planet and profitable for its business.

Duke will be appearing on the panel - entitled "Designing for Impact" - with Clinton, as well as with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations; and Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group.

Also appearing, on Tuesday in separate sessions, will be President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

It is a fascinating interview with Clinton, touching on a number of issues including American competitiveness, and can be watched, if you are interested, here. (Part two of the interview focuses on the global stuff, while part one is more about US politics.)
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