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NATO Engages Conference

A core part of Thinking the Unthinkable’s focus and mission is to drive debate and conversations on what is not being adequately thought about.

Often the exchanges are confidential and behind closed doors.

An example of one public event is NATO’s 70th anniversary commemoration conference in Washington.

NATO Engages is the Alliance’s leading outreach programme. Its Washington event was organised jointly by the Munich Security Conference, the Atlantic Council and German Marshall Fund.

Nik’s co-moderator for the seven hours of exchanges was Ines Pohl, Editor-In-Chief, Deutsche Welle. Note the visionary setting in the round, and its impact on the atmosphere and engagement.

You are a remarkable colleague and collaborator and I love watching you in action. Your touch with Ines was perfect.

Damon Wilson
Vice President of the Atlantic Council

In Nik’s words: “We managed to create dialogue, engagement and a spontaneous ventilation of ideas which is so often lacking in this kind of gathering. Contributors at every level felt motivated to offer views on what NATO must do to prepare for new unthinkables.”

Feedback from the event was extremely positive. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council wrote: “Let me offer you a TREMENDOUS THANK YOU. You are a remarkable colleague and collaborator and I love watching you in action. Your touch with Ines was perfect. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU… . NATO was blown away, NATO governments especially the Brits were awestruck, and the consortium and our partners couldn’t be happier. You helped us deliver on the vision of making NATO engaging if not sexy. We’ve done several debriefs and you two are always a highlight.”

A fuller 24 minute version of the event style and its highlights are available to watch on our Vimeo channel, along with other examples of TtU’s work.

NATO was blown away, NATO governments especially the Brits were awestruck.

Damon Wilson
Vice President of the Atlantic Council