World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on quantum computing
The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils are the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking to shape a sustainable and inclusive future for all.
The network convenes more than 700 of the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business, and civil society, grouped in expertise-based, thematic councils. It is an invitation-only community, and members are nominated for a one-year period. (I’m entering into my third consecutive year.)
In a global environment marked by short-term and siloed thinking, the Global Future Councils foster interdisciplinary and long-range approaches. They provide thought leadership on key global challenges, and the impact and governance of emerging technologies.
My role as a Future of Quantum Computing Council member is to facilitate conversation and collaboration between leading members of the quantum computing community. Using my background in moderation and technology editing, I help members center their motives and then turn those thoughts into white papers, leadership blogs, and other media.
N Square Innovators Network on nuclear weapons proliferation
In 2014, five of the largest peace and security funders in the United States joined forces to develop a new, collective approach to incentivizing and rewarding innovation in the nuclear threat field. The result was N Square, an initiative built on the idea that new forms of cross-sector collaboration will accelerate the achievement of internationally agreed goals to reduce nuclear dangers.
At the heart of N Square is the Innovators Network, a vibrant community of cross-sector leaders working together to prototype and pilot breakthrough approaches to the nuclear issue, including open intelligence platforms, movement-building tools, and innovative uses of technologies such as blockchain, AI, and machine learning. Innovators Network fellows are visionary leaders who recognize the opportunities embedded within tough challenges. They are scientists, game designers, Hollywood screenwriters, global security gurus—and editors like myself.
I am part of the third cohort of the Innovators Network, which will take place over 2019/2020. We will be working to initiate creative projects that will bring both public awareness to current nuclear threats and change policy decisions behind the scenes in the security sector.
Solar Panel Art Series
brooklyn, new york
Founded in 2016, the Solar Panel Art Series aligns science and art, creating a platform where renewable energy meets artistic creativity. Each edition invites global artists to create works on recycled solar panels, which are then auctioned in partnership with Paddle8, with proceeds going to Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Foundation. Following European editions in Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, and Madrid, I curated the collection of artists for their first American exhibit in New York in 2018.
The artists I invited to create works on the solar panels included:
Olafur is known for his environment-focused artworks, perhaps most famously for The Weather Project, which was shown in the Tate Modern. In addition to his artistic practice, he also runs Little Sun, a non-profit he started to bring energy sustainability to some of the 1.1 billion people who live off the contemporary energy grid. They achieve this through providing solar lamps to developing towns and cities; they've supplied over a half million of them to date. You see more of their global impact here.