Collisions. This isn’t just the name of a poignant virtual reality film about nuclear testing in Australia that you should see. This is what happened in Santa Fe, New Mexico at this month’s “Disruptive Futures” Santa Fe Nuclear Weapons Summit.
The first-of-its-kind summit was a cross-sector collision between partners NTI, Creative Santa Fe, NSquare Collaborative and Pop Tech which brought together over 40 next-generation leaders with backgrounds in the military, the sciences, technology, policy, business, and the arts over four days of meetings, lectures, and tours. Through a series of innovative and unusual presentations and outings, the summit aimed to foster collaboration among leaders from these sectors, build awareness of nuclear dangers, and reframe narratives on nuclear weapons through new ideas and innovative thinking.
It was not your typical Capitol Hill or Washington think-tank briefing, that’s for sure.
The first worlds to collide were those of former Secretary of State Dr. William J. Perry and Eric Schlosser, author of the terrifying yet riveting book, Command and ControlThe pair opened the summit in conversation at Santa Fe’s historic Lensic Theater, tracing Dr. Perry’s time in government working on nuclear issues and taking an alarming stroll through his own “nuclear nightmare”-- the threat that terrorists could acquire a nuclear weapon and destroy a city.