Avi Schnurr

Disaster Judo: Building new hope for our troubled world

Avi Schnurr
CEO and President at Electric Infrastructure Security Council

 

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 – maybe 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?

On July 7, join in a live conversation with current and former national cyber directors, secretaries of defense and emergency managers from eight nations in “Global Cyber and EMP Strike 2022,” a special edition of EARTH EX®.

Let’s see what we can come up with.

Register for the exercise, and ask your questions (chat will be open and visible to the panelists).

 

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