In City Briefing – The Future of Water we see two videos that highlight the challenges we face with having a clean, abundant supply of water. Firstly we see an episode of what happens next from Quartz followed by a futurist keynote on water from Nikolas.
What Happens Next – The Future of Water (Quartz)
The world’s supply of cheap and clean fresh water will likely plummet as the climate warms and populations boom. Can we find ways to conserve, cut waste, and find new sources before it’s too late?
The latest instalment of Quartz’s ‘What Happens Next’ series looks for solutions in an unlikely spot: a city perched on the edge of the world’s oldest desert. For the residents of Windhoek, Namibia, the arid future arrived long before the growing freshwater crisis made headlines around the world. And, this city responded to worsening cycles of drought by tapping water resources from a radical source that was already on hand: wastewater from their own city sewers.
And, while the technology for building a toilet-to-tap management system isn’t new, the mindset required to do here offers a lesson to any city facing an increasingly arid future.
Nikolas Badminton Keynote – ‘Water, the most serious business’
Water is the most essential resource in the world. It’s the building block for life, for business, for cities, and for new modes of energy. It’s also expected that 1 billion more people to be living in areas where water demand exceeds surface-water supply, and now we need to apply exponential thinking to all areas of water supply, waste management, and usage.
Nikolas Badminton provides insights and foresight around where we are headed with a vision of 2030 and how water management will evolve using big data, automation, and the Industrial Internet of things, sustainability, smart cities, and future utilities companies, waste water management, and the energy and food supply chain.
Nikolas Badminton is an award-winning Futurist Speaker, researcher and author. His expertise and thought leadership will guide you from complacency to thinking exponentially, planning for longevity, and encouraging a culture of innovation. You will then establish resiliency and abundance in your organization.