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Water Foresight Podcast
Host: Matthew Klein
Examining the future of water through the lens of strategic foresight--anticipating, framing, and shaping your preferred future.
Sep 29, 2021
Is Water Smart in 2040?
Shirley Ben-Dak, Vice-President of Strategy & Innovation for SWAN, joins the Water Foresight Podcast to offer her reflections on "Is Water Smart in 2040?" Shirley addresses the elastic term "smart water" and provides key insights into whether and in what form water may be "smart" in 2040. Also, we discussed the potential unintended consequences of continuing advances within the realm of smart water. Is there a "collapse" scenario in the future of water where society reaches a point of "digital capture"? Will society become too reliant and "exposed" with too much smart water technology? Finally, what are the ethical implications of the future of smart water? Will the ideas of privacy and informed consent be amplified or muted in the future of smart water? Should we fear a new, future IoT--an internet of toilets? The podcast is asking for a friend.
Sep 22, 2021
Water Infrastructure in 2040: Business as Usual or Transformation?
George Hawkins, the Founder & CEO of Moonshot Missions, joins the Water Foresight Podcast to discuss his vision for "Water Infrastructure in 2040: Business as Usual or Transformation?" There is no spoiler alert when it comes to George's well-known intellect, enthusiasm, and optimism--he supports the "transformation scenario" of the future of water infrastructure. So, what does that scenario look like? What are the strategies necessary for today to achieve the future transformation strategy? What are the two sides necessary for this transformation? How does digital technology play a role in this transformation scenario? Is infrastructure transformation limited to physical aspects or does it implicate leadership and culture? The podcast believes nothing in water is business as usual with George.
1 hr 7 min
Sep 1, 2021
The Multiple Lenses of Predictive Analytics
Dr. Eric Siegel joins the Water Foresight Podcast to discuss "The Multiple Lenses of Predictive Analytics." What is the difference between "big data," "artificial intelligence," "machine learning," and "predictive analytics"? How will predictive analytics change (and change society) over the next 10 years? Will the application of predictive analytics expand throughout the water sector? Does lift modeling have anything to do with lift stations? What are the ethical implications or risks of predictive analytics? Is there a social justice challenge? Is there a cybersecurity challenge? Are there any current applications of predictive analytics from other sectors likely to make their way into the water sector? Are there emerging Constitutional issues in the future of predictive analytics? What is "deep learning"? Was this invented by Jack Handy? Finally, will predictive analytics keep slow drivers out of the left-hand lane during rush hour? The podcast is cautiously optimistic.
Aug 25, 2021
What Kind of Thing is Water in 2040?
Dr. Christiana Zenner, Associate Professor of Theology, Science & Ethics at Fordham University and author of "Just Water," joins the Water Foresight Podcast to discuss "What Kind of Thing is Water in 2040"? What are the value paradigms of fresh waters? Do social norms about water change over time? Why should we care about "water ethics"? What are Dr. Zenner's future scenarios from the standpoint of water ethics? Is water a human right? What does "decolonizing" water water mean? Aren't the Phillies (ontologically) better than the Mets? The podcast wants to know.
1 hr 8 min
Aug 19, 2021
Scenarios for Resolving Future Water Quality Challenges
Meena Sankaran, Founder & CEO of Ketos, joins the Water Foresight Podcast to discuss "Scenarios for Resolving Future Water Quality Challenges." Meena shares her "Four As" relative to her scenarios. Who is thinking about how technology can address water quality challenges? Do regulations respond to or drive investments in water quality-focused technology? Is there a relationship between environmental justice and technology? What is the opportunity to connect traditional federal infrastructure funding with innovative technologies to advance efficiencies? Finally, Meena offers her scenarios for the future of water quality and public health, multi-media risk assessments, and predictive analytics.
1 hr 3 min
Aug 4, 2021
How Communication Will Shape the Future of Water
Is communication the vehicle of leadership? Stephanie Corso and Arianne Shipley of Rogue Water--the H2DuO--join the Water Foresight Podcast to discuss, "How Communication Will Shape the Future of Water." What will water leaders be discussing in 20 years? Same thing, different year? Or, is the real problem that the water sector mired in a constant state of poor communication? What will drive changes to the way water utilities communicate with customers and other stakeholders? Does Servant Leadership Theory have anything to do with this? Will technology advance or detract from more effective communication? What will the "value of water" conversation look like in 20 years? The Podcast is a self-monitoring introvert and needs some advice....
1 hr 1 min
Jul 28, 2021
Water and the Pivot From Analog to Digital
Gary Wong, Global Industry Principal of Infrastructure and Water at AVEVA, joins the Water Foresight Podcast to discuss "Water and the Pivot From Analog to Digital." Who is making this "pivot"? What are the barriers to digital transformation within the water sector? Is customer privacy relevant? What are the risks of digital transformation? Will digital transformation ever end? Finally, do you waive your 4th or 5th Amendment rights when you use a "smart toilet"? The Podcast is asking for a friend. Gary is "flush" with his thoughts and observations.
Jul 21, 2021
The Future of Private Water in America
Robert Powelson, CEO of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), joins the Water Foresight Podcast to discuss the impact the private water sector will have on the future of the United States. What will be the future hurdles for private water? in 2040, what will be the most significant accomplishment of private water? How does private water respond to the claim that "water is a human right"? In 10-20 years, what will be the relationship between the financial services sector and private water? How does the rise of ESG impact this relationship? Is it plausible or possible that private water could ever be nationalized? A broad discussion of important issues.
Jul 7, 2021
Cybersecurity and the Future of Water
Dr. Kevin Morley of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) joins the Water Foresight Podcast to offer his views on the future of cybersecurity in the water sector. What will the minimum cyber standards look like in 10-20 years? Can we prevent cyber attacks or simply seek to mitigate the effects? How will insurance companies and ratings agencies respond? Will concerns over cybersecurity diminish the water sector's "pivot" from analog to digital? What will happen to the water sector in 10-20 years?
Jun 23, 2021
The Sacred View of the Future of Water
Dr. Miguel De La Torre continues the discussion of the future of water through the lens of ethics and worldviews. In the future, what will be our right relationship with water? Will it be through a "Eurocentric worldview" of "dominion" or some other worldview? How will indigenous or other worldviews ("on the margins") impact our view of our relationship with water? We have much to discuss and consider.
Jun 16, 2021
Ethics and the Future of Water (Part 2)
Dr. David Groenfeldt completes Part 2 of his interview on Ethics and the Future of Water.
Jun 9, 2021
Ethics and the Future of Water (Part 1)
Dr. David Groenfeldt of the Water-Culture Institute joins the Water Foresight Podcast to offer a broad assessment of alternative worldviews and how they may shape the future of water. What if water is considered a "deity" in the future? How might indigenous worldviews shape the future of permitting water facilities?
May 26, 2021
The Future of the Federal Government's Relationship with Water
The Honorable Robert Dawson, Founder of Dawson & Associates, joins the Water Foresight Podcast to examine the future of the federal government and its relationship with water. What is the role of technology? What role will trust play over the next 10-20 years?
May 5, 2021
The Future of the One Water Ethic
Our guest is Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of Black & Veatch's water business. She unpacks the future of the "one water ethic." What is the one water ethic? Will society ever fully achieve the one water ethic? What will the one water ethic look like in 20 years?
Apr 28, 2021
The Water Customer of the Future: The Ethic of Affordability
Apr 21, 2021
The Cultural Implications of Innovations in Water
Cristina Ahmadpour, President of Isle Utilities, joins the Water Foresight Podcast to discuss innovations within the water sector and the cultural implications thereof.
Apr 21, 2021
The Future of the Water Marketplace
Reese Tisdale from Bluefield Research joins the Water Foresight Podcast to discuss the future of the water marketplace.
Apr 7, 2021
Water and the "Social" Element of ESG
In this third episode of the Water Foresight Podcast, guest Elisa Speranza of Seventh Ward Strategies explores the "social" aspect of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments by organizations and the future impact on water.
Apr 7, 2021
Dave Speaks: Thoughts on the Future of Water
In this second episode of the Water Foresight Podcast, guest David McGimpsey, a Partner and Co-Lead of Denton's Energy Practice, provides his thoughts and observations about the future of water as the host of the Water Values Podcast.
Apr 7, 2021
Strategic Foresight and the Future of Water
In this inaugural episode of the Water Foresight Podcast, guest Dr. Virginia Richardson, Chair of the Strategic Foresight Concentration within the School of Business & Leadership's Doctoral Program at Regent University, introduces the discipline of strategic foresight.