January 2017 Newsletter

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Generation Possible: Innovating Our Way to a Future Free from Nuclear Threat by 2045

Happy New Year Everyone!

A decade ago—no, a year ago—how many of us could have predicted the geopolitical landscape we’re living in today? Brexit, a reality television host as President of the United States, a reinvigorated Cold War… would these things have been considered plausible?

Yet here we are, at a moment of fundamental disruption. The future-thinkers and scenario planners among us will recognize the value of moments like these (and will likely have envisioned them as part of their consider-at-all-angles mindset). These are the moments that galvanize people—for good and for ill—and these are the moments that move us from shock to action.

These are the moments when innovation matters most. Unconventional thinking. Diverse perspectives. Fresh approaches. Visions that inspire us.

As John F. Kennedy famously said in a 1963 commencement address, “No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable.”

While Kennedy was talking about sending a man to the moon, he might easily have been talking about ridding this world of nuclear weapons.


In her recent TED Talk, Generation Possible: Innovating Our Way to a Future Free From Nuclear Threat by 2045, N Square Managing Director Erika Gregory talks about the need to inspire a new generation with a bold challenge: to close the chapter on nuclear weapons on the 100th anniversary of their invention. Surely, if ever there was a global moonshot worth supporting, this is it.

Meanwhile, Public Radio International is in the middle of a series funded by N Square called Nuclear Family: Stories about Human Relationships that Keep us Safe in the Nuclear Age.   From reporter Daniel Gross’ profile of a father and son deeply rooted in the threat of nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula to the story of international “science diplomacy,” this series humanizes the wicked problem of nuclear weapons and shines a light on those working to resolve it.

As an example of the cross-disciplinary work that is a hallmark of N Square’s approach, check out nuclear weapons research analyst Lovely Umayam as she talks with the PopTech audience about the intersections between nuclear history, art and culture.

What’s Next?

In January, we celebrate the launch of new partnerships with the USC Annenberg/Norman Lear Center’s Hollywood, Health & Society program and Singularity University, and explore next steps after the extraordinary event that was Creative Santa Fe’s Disruptive Futures: Nuclear Weapons summit. The program began with a public conversation between former Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry, and journalist and filmmaker Eric Schlosser and included hands-on working sessions with 45 leaders from cybersecurity, film and television, the military, industrial design, journalism, finance and nuclear engineering.


If you’re looking for an easy way to make a difference, please tell President Obama to take nuclear weapons off hair trigger alert before he leaves office. It will take you 2 minutes to sign this petition and make your voice heard.

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We are continually encouraged by the collaborations emerging from our growing network of innovators and experts. In these partnerships we see evidence that this period of upheaval will lead to new ways to address, and eventually to eliminate altogether, the threats we face from nuclear weapons. We look forward to welcoming more partners and network members who bring new resources to this task.

Look out for more news from N Square soon!

Here’s to the future,

The N Square Team