How Much Should Water Cost?




Water. To many, it is assumed to be the most abundant resource on earth. To others, especially Californians, it seems as though their fair share is slowly seeping away. But who is to blame? The farmer or the homeowner? Better yet, is there a solution? Or is this all part of a larger, longer history of “megadroughts” that we have yet to scale? With the recent influx of H20 headlines, it is fitting that the 2015 Aspen Ideas agenda will once again dip into global issues relating to water, endeavoring to build on conversations from years past, like that of award-winning photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride. For McBride, who presented his ongoing work on watersheds, rivers, and freshwater at the 2014 Festival, it comes down to infrastructure and agriculture. “We all think water is free, and it should be,” he explains, “but the infrastructure cost to get water to us is what makes it so complicated.” Watch the full session, “Chasing Water: The Sacred and the Scarce.”

Listen to Ideas

This week on the podcast we hear from philosopher, cultural theorist, and author Kwame Anthony Appiah. In his lecture, A Conversation Across Cultures, he rejects the idea that cross-cultural conversations often lead to the discovery of irreconcilable differences. Without these rich and meaningful converstaions, he says, we have little chance of solving the global problems that we face. Subscribe to the podcast.

New Era of Treatment

With support from the White House and advances in technology, including wearables and electronic medical records, the concept of Precision Medicine is gaining traction. Get a glimpse of what’s to come surrounding discussions at Spotlight Health by way of this interview between Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, and Eric Topol, Editor of Medscape. There are a limited number of Spotlight Health passes remaining. Register.