Workshop to Explore Nuclear Cultures (Invitation Only)

Paul Ingram and visitor Sarah Woods are hosting a workshop on deepening our capacity to engage with diverse nuclear cultures. Using creative systems tools , we’ll start exploring the narratives supporting the policies of the nuclear armed states and their critics in a spirit of open enquiry.

Have you ever sensed that engagement on nuclear weapon decisions is formulaic and binary, or closed and dominated by group-think? Have you felt like we’re missing the point, but that it’s not clear what the point is? Have you thought that people are talking past one another, from different  narratives that it feels hard to connect? Have you noticed your own contribution to this situation?

This workshop is the first in a series applying a creative systems approach to expand our capacity to engage with the global risks we face. We will explore the dominant narratives driving policy-making, some of the bigger stories that support them, and imagine the consequences that play out when shock and novel events emerge.

People & Patterns: Transforming the ways we think and connect when everything is at risk

We need to develop processes that radically change the ways we think, not just what we think. Increasing our inner ability to handle complexity and operate inclusively with a wide variety of perspectives, including those we may disagree with, will have the deepest causal impact on reducing the threats our societies are wrestling with.

Using a variety of tools to describe the dysfunctions behind the hazards that drive existential risk, this project will draw diverse people into co-creative processes, including workshops, live narratives, dialogues and online platforms. We will explore and develop effective ways to empower and energise people’s commitment to working together with complexity, imagining diverse futures that hold positive promise as well as those with sobering warnings.

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