"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
One of the most exciting technologies to emerge this decade -- reducing water consumption on the space station by 65%. Now let us work together to get this technology implemented here on earth at an affordable price point. If the idea of small but powerful computers developed by NASA in the 1960s that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars could be turned into products that are now on all of our laptops for a couple hundred bucks, surely we can adapt this technology to avoid international conflicts over water.