Symposium on Urbanization and Water in Mumbai

Last year, as part of a India deep dive, I joined twelve thought leaders gathered for a Symposium in Mumbai to discuss Urbanisation and Water inspired by the rise of and problems in Indian megapolises. The participants included the Indian rainwater harvesting guru, S Vishwananth and Dr Uday Kelkar, the Director of Japanese NJS Consultants, and from Grundfos Group VP Tao Bindslev and Managing Director Ranganath N. Krishna.

Targeting the dynamics and needs of urban development in the fast growing cities of the world is critical for our ability to innovate solutions to the huge water challenges facing us. The needs are massive, but to solve the challenges of water scarcity, conservation, energy demand for water treatment and distribution, turning wastewater into utility water, etc, we need new innovative approaches and co-creative efforts across the value chain and across sectors. The Symposium was part of  a series of Symposiums,I designed for Grundfos Water Supply, to explore new co-creative paths to insights and solutions. The Symposiums aim to provide a unique forum for open dialogue among peers on the challenges and opportunities.

At the Urbanization and Water symposium in Mumbai, the Indian Rainwater harvesting guru S Vishwanath brought a radical and inspiring concept of water sensibility. In this 6 minute video talk Vishwanath shares his thoughts on how old water technologies can be used to guide future technology development  towards a new water sensibility.

The Architect S. Vishwanath, all the way to the right, is a thought leader on rainwater harvesting. The founder of Rainwater Club, a city-based group that promotes and provides information on rainwater harvesting, S. Vishwanath has worked with urban planning, ecological architecture and water management for the past 25 years.

Symposium participants


About the Author:

Lars Lundbye
Lars Lundbye is a futurist and innovation evangelist with over 20 years of experience working with international companies and municipalities on sustainable strategy and radical innovation within cleantech, architecture, infrastructure and urban development. Lately Lars has been focused on global water issues as Executive Strategist for Grundfos and development of water sensitive and sustainable villages, on new sustainable architecture and for 3XN, and urban planning, and on radical redesign of public services in municipalities for Lejre Kommune among other major clients. Lars is renowned for his ability to energise and motivate change and organisations, and his out-of-the-box thinking, that has inspired global businesses as well as numerous social services and innovative startups. With solid academic research behind him, miles and miles of walking the talk in live businesses, and decades of active practice in creative arts and mental development, Lars excels in crossing borders between deep research, hard business, the arts, and mental training; bringing unseen synergies and unique insights to clients’ projects. Lars has founded and chaired several successful companies, and sits on several boards. Both a practitioner and an academic researcher on innovation, Lars is Lead Faculty on innovation at CBS-Executive (Copenhagen Business School), and is a popular keynote speaker on sustainable innovation, co-creation and integral leadership. He holds an executive MBA from SIMI, a cand. phil. in Literature, and as a former dean of the Danish School of Television and co-founder of the Workz agency with the film company Zentropa, Lars has extensive experience working with storytelling and communicating purpose driven business strategies. Lars lives to create and enable revolutionary projects that empower people to be creative and innovative in creating a more sustainable, equitable and beautiful world. He is a passionate evangelist for holistic and integral thinking, and is a founding partner of Transition World in collaboration with The Club of Budapest and HeartMind Academy, training global top executives in new sustainable paradigms of development and leadership.