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LEADERSHIP - Options for restoring order in the face of relentless chaos
Thursday MAY 19th
Last week's webinar - "The revitalization of nuclear for energy" was quite illuminating. Watch it HERE https://youtu.be/GON7CcG3XVE Canada's historical contributions to nuclear have been substantial - thank you Morgan Brown, and continue today with the emergence of SMRs - thank you Robert Walker, and into the future of fusion for energy - thank you Klaas Rodenburg.
Nuclear's social license in the face of public safety concerns has been recovering attributed to the combined impact of the war and sanctions, under investment in fossil fuels and anticipated energy shortages, climate change and new technologies, and finally an appreciation that nuclear safety risks have been exaggerated.
New plants are being proposed, and others - formerly mothballed, are being recommissioned. As Robert Walker and Morgan Brown both shared - the safety record of nuclear is in fact remarkable, yet it suffered and continues to suffer from a lack of public trust often attributed to biased and burdensome regulatory regimes.
That Canada needs leadership to overhaul it's regulatory regimes isn't new news to us as we have heard the same over and over again through the KEI Network's: decarbonization series - energy, discussion of measures to contain Covid - health, and former webinars exploring impediments to increasing productivity - innovation.
LEADERSHIP - options for restoring order in the face of relentless chaos
Throughout our year long series of webinars we have been exploring the sources and forces of change - the threats and opportunities, contributing to protests and fear, uncertainty and the erosion of trust, e.g.: public health as with Covid and associated mandates, security as with ransomeware, AI, and data surveillance; inflation and the impact of the war on supply chain disruptions and induced food, energy, and computer chip shortages. Add of course there has been the ever-present claim of an existential crisis of climate change.
Typically the impact of most interest to us has been the concrete impact on the economy. Of lesser interest has been the softer impact of fear on social cohesion and trust. Yet these fears can imperil the very foundations of our liberal institutions of health and education, law and order, and good governance. And on a global level these fears have already shaken our confidence in free trade, the merit of globalization, and international agreements and institutions such as the United Nations.
We heard concluding the webinar on "The war's impact on Canada and energy" that Canada - with it's vast bounty of natural resources and global brand as a peace keeper, could play a strong leadership role - thank you Axel Meisen.
This week's webinar - Thursday May 19th, we are exploring "LEADERSHIP...and the options for restoring order - AND trust, in the face of relentless chaos. Each of the invited presenters have a different perspective of the problem and options for resolving the public chaos and protests, uncertainty and distrust. The presentations will be followed by a moderated public discussion. Join us 4:00 MDT Thursday May 12th just click HERE https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85896241732
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