A lot of very serious people like to say that nothing ever changes when it comes to environmental issues. They point to yearly events like World Water Day and say what was really accomplished. In fact, very little has changed since the 1970’s including the rhetoric. You could make the case that introducing makerspace development into the conversation could result in an entirely new game.
A number of regions in America have “water technology” clusters. Theoretically, these are places where “water tech” companies congregate and cooperate on the development of water purification and water management solutions. The problem is there just isn’t enough band-width available via traditional channels to prototype all the potential water technologies.
America has the best research universities in the world. Unfortunately, it also has the worst technology transfer policies in the world. What’s needed is a better conduit between innovation and commercialization. America needs the creative energy that makerspace development unleashes. This would drive commercialization efforts to new highs.
The strategic challenges posed by the shortage of potable water are enormous. Additionally, it’s just a matter of time given the current rate of water depletion that access to potable water will become a human right. As you know, when human rights and commercial rights collide the results are explosive. And the most obvious answer is makerspace development.