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Nobody knows anything, so let’s consolidate

In Hollywood they say “Nobody knows anything” with a certain amount of pride. There is a certain machismo in gambling hundreds of millions of dollars on a blockbuster new movie in the full knowledge that it may well fail.

Nobody knows anything in the water industry either, but the difference is that Hollywood goes to great lengths to preview its products...

Could Mrs Thatcher help Trump with his stimulus?

How can President Trump deliver his trillion-dollar infrastructure spending plan? It is a difficult question to answer, both because of the lack of forward visibility in Washington politics at the moment, and because of the strong partisan feelings gathered within the Beltway.

The central problem of delivering the stimulus package is how to do it while reducing taxes,...

Ten things I learned in Madrid

GWI hosted the eleventh Global Water Summit in Madrid earlier this week. Here are my key take-aways from the event:

1) Robots and dogs will take our jobs: The opening keynote speaker was Martin Ford, award-winning author of Rise of the Robots. His thesis is that the relentless speed at which computing power is developing is undermining both wages and employment –...

Caged dogs in the Château de Beguin

Is the water industry like a wheel, like climbing a mountain, or like a dog trapped in a cage? I found myself wondering about this during a training session Amane Advisors had arranged for its new staff at the Château de Beguin in the depths of La France Profonde this week.

My experience of the water industry is that far from being a steady dependable business...

Which is winning: desal, reuse, or cities?

Thanks to our new report on Desalination and Water Reuse, I now know the answers to two questions which have been bugging me for years. The first question is whether reuse is bigger or smaller than desal as a solution to water scarcity; and the second is which one is growing faster.

The problem is that reuse is a pretty nebulous market because it is so difficult to...

Is lateness the water business’s saving grace?

Is the water industry becoming more global, despite growing protectionism and nationalism around the world? I found myself asking this question while going through the delegate list for next month’s Global Water Summit: not only do we have more registrations at this stage than we have had for any of the previous ten summits, but people seem to be willing to travel...