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Water was to Rome as creativity is to IT in law firms

By James McKenna, Director of Infrastructure and Administrative Systems, Morrison & Foerster

9 December 2014

This past summer, my family had the opportunity to travel through Europe. While all of it was spectacular, we were particularly impressed with Rome. Masterpieces were everywhere. Wherever you looked, you could see a notable engineering accomplishment. Things that feel like they would be impossibly expensive or difficult to build today were successfully conceived and constructed centuries ago.

Rome is not only a spectacular city; it is really hot in the summer. I found myself wondering "how the heck did they get this all done way back when?" And that's when I noticed all the fountains and water. The people of Rome had figured out long ago how to get water from different places directly into the city. It was a massive undertaking but, once completed, fresh and effectively limitless water was available to all. When this occurred, it was a game-changing event for Rome, as few places could offer this at the time.

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