Disaster Judo: Building New Hope for Our Troubled World

Avi Schnurr, CEO and President, EIS Council
Building a New World

War. Climate disasters. Famine. Pandemic. Inflation. Our little planet is in the grip of a perfect storm of world-spanning disasters. And, alas, it’s not at all clear if we’ve hit bottom.

It’s never been a better time to be a pessimist.

But what if there were a way to leverage this mess? We can’t turn back the clock on today’s catastrophes. But maybe, if we think about them differently, we can practice a bit of civilization-scale judo and build some new hope for humankind. 

In fact, it’s already beginning.

The massive pileup of disasters we’re all facing has, surprisingly, generated a massive new wave of global collaboration. Across the world, nations – even bitter adversaries – are beginning to recognize we all need to work together if spaceship earth is to manage climate change and sail on into the future. Wealthy nations are partnering through the World Bank, rolling out the largest vaccine effort in history, operating in 77 countries. And in Europe, rising out of the blood, horror, and tragedy engulfing Ukraine, a powerful, vigorous and effective multi-national NATO is building a bright record of unprecedented, collaborative concrete achievements.

Of course, there is that one little catch: for this new spirit of international collaboration to mean anything, we’ll need to deal with the dangerous forces that energized it in the first place including, of course, war.

With a growing flood of cyberattacks and daily threats of EMP-tipped nuclear war, can we find a way to deal with these unprecedented threats to contain the risks and secure our world against a black sky catastrophe?

Working together, we can! Join us in our annual EARTH EX training to develop situational awareness, and recognize the implications of a terrorist attack on the grid and the cascading consequences that may occur.

Every little helps us take one step closer to securing the world. 

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