Ample social science research shows that having disparate experts work a wicked problem together is one of the few ways to achieve radical progress (ironically, one way we know this is from the Manhattan Project). We know that cognitively and culturally diverse teams are notably more innovative, and that inviting the perspectives and expertise of one field into the terrain of another can unlock solutions to even the most vexing threats. And yet, until recently, no such forum has existed in the nuclear threat space.

Based on the most up-to-date findings on how to build collaborative networks for impact, the Innovators Network is purposefully designed to strengthen, evolve, and become self-sustaining over time. The network’s structure and processes enable innovators, experts, and influencers from diverse backgrounds to move from operating in highly scattered ways to working in concert, with N Square serving as a hub. As connections grow and deepen, new nodes and new forms of diversity will be added to the network and cooperative structures will be built for governing and maintaining the network over time.

We follow the Network Life Cycle framework designed by The Monitor Institute at Deloitte.

Know the Network
Map the issue and the opportunity. Identify key stakeholders. Chart existing connections.

Knit the Network
Connect and engage stakeholders. Nurture network stewards. Define and create different entry points to the network.          

Organize the Network
Begin to work together and pilot new strategies. Establish shared structures and processes. Develop systems for ongoing learning and adaptation.  

Grow the Network
Grow and diversity network participation. Build enduring trust and connectivity. Decentralize network functions. Spread, deepen, diversify network strategies.

Transform the Network
Evaluate network effectiveness and impact. If transforming: refine/redefine network value propositions. If transitioning: distribute reusable assets (including knowledge).