10X WATER SUMMIT 2019 Conference Agenda

Tuesday, March 26

SESSION 1

5:45 pm

LESSONS FROM THE CONTEMPORARY WEST

Welcome Reception at ASU’s Beus Center for Law and Society

The Ten Across Water Summit will open with a very timely conversation about water in the West and the implications for the entire 10X initiative. The subject will be the Colorado River and the distribution of water among the seven states and tribal nations dependent upon this finite resource. By the time of the 10X Water Summit, the critical negotiations around the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan will likely be concluded. The lessons learned and the implications for leadership-intensive projects of comparable importance and urgency will be discussed.

 

Wednesday, March 27

 

SESSION 2

8:30 - 8:45 AM

welcome

Ten Across Sessions at Events on Jackson

Greetings from key officials, civic leaders, and sponsors. Confirm the Ten Across rationale and the unique opportunities of 10XW2 set this year in Arizona in the fifth largest city in the country.

 

SESSION 3

8:45 - 9:45 am

TEN ACROSS: THE LABORATORY FOR THE FUTURE

The US Interstate 10 corridor provides the most compelling window on the future of the country, one which presents the challenges of the 21st century in the highest relief. A project spanning the entire continent, Ten Across positions this region as a living laboratory for resilience and adaptation. On the front lines of environmental, social, and technological change, panelists will discuss what is unique about the geography, perspectives, and issues involved and what the rest of the country can learn from a close examination of this region.


SESSION 4

9:45 - 10:45 am

TEN ACROSS AND THE LIMITS TO GROWTH REVISITED

Within the 10X portfolio are 5 of the 12 largest cities in the U.S., with much of their growth enabled by 20th century technologies (the automobile, available land, production housing, and air conditioning). Unrestrained growth is likely unsustainable, with many factors in play. Maybe none of these is more profound than water, in terms of drought, access and inundation. Panelists will address the influence of water on planning, density, expansion, infrastructure, technology, and even the possibility of retreat when necessary.

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10:45 - 11:00 AM: BREAK

SESSION 5

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

TEN ACROSS AND THE BOUNDARIES OF WATER 

In the 19th century, John Wesley Powell famously mapped the West, its limited water, and the most logical locations for settlement. Disregarding this information, the West was carved into simple blocks and cities were placed far from reliable resources. Water has no regard for artificially imposed boundaries, resulting in conflicts between geography and political jurisdictions seen within the 10X project area. How we handle these points of friction is an indicator of our ability to manage the larger challenges of climate change and the resultant social, economic and environmental impacts.

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12:00 - 1:00 PM: NETWORKING LUNCHEON AT EVENTS ON JACKSON


SESSION 6

1:00 - 2:00 PM

THE EVIDENCE

An essential driver of the 10X project is a wide spectrum of “ways of knowing”, ranging from on-site testimonials to data visualizations derived from earth observing satellites. In combination, we now have a vivid understanding of the impact of human activity on the land, and an ability to anticipate highly probable futures.  With this knowledge, we really have no excuse for failing to prepare for a very different world. Panelists will present findings from diverse sources, materials with the capacity to transform stakeholders from observers to change agents.


SESSION 7

2:00 - 3:00 PM

RISK, PREPARATION, RECOVERY

As demonstrated by the previous panel, the future is both predictable in the longterm (we can see the trendlines) and random with regard to sudden externalities and traumatic events. Resilience is driven by the acknowledgement of a knowable future and preparation in advance to adapt to such stresses and shocks in all of their manifestations. The panelists will discuss the necessity, means, and benefits of developing a culture of preparedness.   


SESSION 8

3:00 - 4:00 PM

THE NEW ECONOMIES OF WATER

Water is an essential ingredient to life, but it is not free and is becoming increasingly less so. As supplies and access are reduced, the value of this precious resource necessarily rises.  With changes in supply and demand, the commodification of water is inevitable and with it the development of markets, trading, and speculation. Commenting on the general trend and drawing on case studies from the 10X area, panelists with a diverse set of perspectives will share observations on an increasingly active economy built around water and implications for the future.

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4:00 - 5:00 PM: AFTERNOON BUSINESS/CONVERSATION BREAK

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5:00 PM: BUS TRANSPORT TO DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN RECEPTION

SESSION 9

6:00 - 6:45 PM

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

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6:45 - 8:30 PM: DINNER AND ELECTRIC DESERT EXHIBIT


Thursday, March 28

SESSION 10

8:00 - 9:00 AM

TEN ACROSS AND THE NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT

Ten Across Sessions at Events on Jackson

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impact of climate change on the United States, now and in the near future. This session will feature a discussion of the recently-released 4th NCA as well as past iterations, and the potential of this work to inform transformational decision making. Special attention will be directed to the areas within the 10X region and implications for the creation of a more resilient and adaptable society, one that responds effectively to the challenges outlined in the document.


SESSION 11

9:00 - 10:00 AM

DECISION MAKING IN UNCERTAINTY

This is a time of instability in almost every domain, and responding to the major issues of the day and the complexities therein is challenging. The management of water is very high on this list of issues, where forecasts are of limited certainty. Nevertheless, decision-makers need to do exactly that and with the best information available.Panelists will outline how the interests of multiple stakeholders and reliable data sets are ideally synthesized to arrive at optimal plans of action.Included in the discussion will be the requirement of strong civic and political leadership.

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10:00 - 10:15 AM: BREAK

SESSION 12

10:15 - 11:15 AM

CAN WE HANDLE THE TRUTH?

The purposeful arrangement of 10X panel topics will culminate in a discussion of how best to communicate about critical issues requiring adjustments to our present trajectories.Water is an existential matter and seemingly obvious in importance.But at a time when science, data, and facts are in dispute, a complete and coherent understanding of the issues is difficult. Journalists and writers of national prominence who have waded into water issues of all kinds will discuss their strategies for effective messaging and how their work is received by the public and decision-makers.


CLOSING

11:30 - 11:45 AM

closing, announcements, adjourn

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JOINT FIELD TRIPS WITH LINCOLN LAND INSTITUTE 2019 JOURNALISTS FORUM

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JOINT RECEPTION/DOCUMENTARY SCREENING WITH LINCOLN LAND INSTITUTE
2019 JOURNALISTS FORUM AND ARIZONA REPUBLIC