They have Hunter Lovins and Steve Solomon on the list of keynote speakers, which doesn't include me. That's because they didn't reply to my suggested talk idea:
Title: You're doing it wrong! How Las Vegas can restore its economy and secure its waterTheir loss [seriously... really], but you may want to go if you just missed the Water Innovations Alliance Conference in Chicago. This $500 event is...
Abstract: Las Vegas has experienced the worst real estate bust in the US. It is also desperately short of water. Both of these problems can be traced to water management policies that are neither efficient, nor sustainable. In this talk, I will give some simple idea of how to increase market prices for current and future housing, how to ensure that existing water supplies are adequate for demand and how
politicians, water managers and real estate developers can benefit from this new paradigm in water management. Las Vegas can set an example of how to do it right, instead of the many ways of doing it wrong.
...designed to improve awareness and collaboration between large companies, engineering firms, universities, utilities, start-ups, NGOs and governments by educating attendees on new water technologies, innovations and prospects. Whether the developments are in materials, IT, engineering, financing or public policy, the conference will shine a spotlight on all advancements and provide best practices across the spectrum of the water field.Their list of 35 (!) speakers includes a lot of big names and interesting topics,* so it seems like WIAC would be more interesting than WSIC, which appears to be a trade show for selling hardware.
Here's my question: What good ideas were presented there? I'm not interested in technology, I am interested in "new water innovations" that can be implemented elsewhere. That's because I am trying to overcome the impression that these conferences are just long cocktail hours where the conventional wisdom ("wanna see my water footprint?") is passed around.
* Organizer F. Mark Modzelewski invited me to keynote before he uninvited me. I guess he got enough speakers.
Hattips to PB and TS