NTI and its partners, Creative Santa Fe and the NSquare Collaborative, have won the 2017 Most Significant Futures Work Award for “analyzing a significant future issue” for the 2016 Disruptive Futures: Santa Fe Nuclear Weapons Summit. This national award from the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) recognizes and rewards the significant contributions from professional futurists and others who are illuminating challenges of the future. APF recognized the Santa Fe Nuclear Weapons Summit for bringing together more than 40 leaders from a diverse range of industries—science, technology, military, business, and entertainment—to tackle challenges associated with nuclear weapons in new ways. The APF judges specifically noted about the event:
“I admire the new and fresh ways the organizers tried to approach the problem of nuclear disarmament….and visually a nuclear-free future. Use of games, team visualization, social memes, symbolism, interspersing with the public at large was interesting.”
This three-day summit took participants through a diverse set of exercises to develop scenarios regarding the existential threat of nuclear weapons. Events included a deep dive into New Mexico’s cultural past and nuclear history, along with interactive discussions led by NTI about present-day geopolitical and security challenges related to nuclear threats. The final output examined the future of nuclear weapons with a live public performance at a theatre in Santa Fe.Twelve entries were considered for this award by APF judges, and three were recognized for their excellence in three categories: Category 1 - Advance the methodology and practice of foresight and futures studies; Category 2 - Analyze a significant future issue; and Category 3 - Illuminate the future through literacy or artistic works.