N Square Talks Nuclear Risks at PopTech

N Square, the collaborative we’re supporting to bring new players and new ideas into the nuclear realm, presented at PopTech’s annual shindig a couple of weeks back. Erika Gregory, N Square’s executive director and Carl Robichaud, who leads the nuclear work at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, one of the collaborative’s funding partners (along with the Hewlett and MacArthur Foundations, the Ploughshares Fund and us), presented from the main stage. Their talk provides good insights into why people should care about the nuclear issue and how N Square is working to reframe how people approach it.  Have a look!

 

N Square Games for Change Challenge on Nuclear Risks

N Square, the initiative we’re supporting along with other leading nuclear funders to bring new ideas and new players into the nuclear security realm, has just launched a gaming challenge with Games for Change.  There’s a $10,000 prize for developing a game that engages and educates people on nuclear risks.  More detail are here.

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Reinventing Nuclear Security – The Future We Want

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The final session of the six-part Reinventing Nuclear Security series, an initiative of N Square, which we support, focuses on envisioning a world in which nuclear weapons no longer play a role.  You can watch a recap of that session below.  It includes an interesting mix of futurists, faith leaders, and advocates.  Worth watching.  Plus, you can review recap videos of all six sessions (or watch the full 90-minute roundtables) from the series main page here.

Recap: Reinventing Nuclear Security: Big Opportunities for New Partners

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The most recent segment of the Reinventors Network series on Reinventing Nuclear Security focused on ways new players who don’t traditionally think of the nuclear security sphere can constructively engage in the space. We are supporting the series via our investment in N Square, a new initiative designed to help bring new ideas and new players to the nuclear security conversation. Below is a short video recap of the session. The next segment, on developing next-generation innovators to support nuclear security, takes place tomorrow, March 3, at 11:00 am PT. Click here for more information.

Recap: Reinventing Nuclear Security Session on Technologies

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The recent kickoff session of the new Reinventors Network series on rethinking nuclear security we’re helping support through N Square has now been summarized in an 11-minute recap video.  The session focuses on the potential for novel application of technology to solve nuclear security challenges. Some really interesting insights from a great lineup of futurists and technologists:

Paula Saffo, Technology forecaster, Professor at Stanford University & Futures Track Chair at Singularity University
Reese Jones, Associate Founder at Singularity University; longtime venture strategist
John Perry Barlow, Co-Founder in General & Peripheral Visionary
Greg Petroff, Chief Experience Officer at GE Software
Sean Gourley, Co-Founder & CTO at Quid
Brie Linkenhoker, Director of Worldview Stanford at Stanford University
Erika Gregory, Director of N Square & Host of the Reinvent Nuclear Security series

Watch it here.

Reinventing Nuclear Security

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The Skoll Global Threats Fund is supporting the upcoming Reinvent Nuclear Security series of virtual roundtables. This is being driven by N Square, a new collaborative that we’ve helped stand up with the Hewlett and MacArthur Foundations, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Ploughshares Fund, aimed at encouraging new ideas and bringing new players into the nuclear security arena.

Almost 70 years after Hiroshima, the world has managed to avoid nuclear war, but we are far from being out of danger of a nuclear explosion. Despite progress in disarmament since the end of the Cold War, the world still has an estimated 17,000 nuclear bombs.

The Reinvent Nuclear Security series aims to answer the question: How can 21st-century innovation greatly accelerate progress toward the eventual eradication of nuclear weapons while significantly reducing nuclear risk today? Here’s an intro video featuring Valerie Plame, a former CIA agent who worked closely on nuclear issues:

Our first roundtable in the series, Possible Game-Changing Technologies, is scheduled for Jan 20, 2015, at 11:00 am PT. You can get more information on the session here or RSVP on the Google+ event page, here.  I’ll be participating, as will some really interesting folks from the technology world. We hope you join the conversation!

For more information about this series, please visit the series landing page here.