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Hello, I'm Michael Ford, and I'm thrilled to welcome you here.
We all stumble and fall. Individual setbacks? They're a part of life. Whether it's that dart that never hits the bullseye, or the car project that's been gathering dust in your garage, we've all been there. But when individual mistakes snowball into institutional failures, especially in a sector as critical as the nuclear industry, the stakes are exponentially higher.
I've seen it firsthand, and sometimes, I've been right in the middle of it.
The nuclear industry is at a pivotal juncture. With the pressing need for a zero-carbon energy solution, it's been handed a lifeline. But this resurgence is fragile, built on a delicate balance of long-time advocates and those who've recently shifted from staunch opposition. Overseeing this intricate dance are U.S. regulators, striving to maintain their impartiality, while the government grapples with the multifaceted challenges of aging and cutting-edge nuclear power plants.
In this evolving landscape, there's a crucial element we're losing sight of — the essence of organizational cultures that thrive in high-risk sectors.
James Reason nailed it when he remarked, "If eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, then chronic unease is the price of safety." This 'chronic unease', a cornerstone of the nuclear industry, seems to have faded over time. Through my insights, I aim to reintroduce this vital perspective into the discourse.
Why Trust My Perspective?
With four decades in the nuclear industry, I've delved deep into its technical intricacies, often navigating classified terrains. My journey has taken me across the DOE nuclear weapons complex, collaborations with Homeland Security, DOD, and other federal entities, and partnerships with private clients tackling nuclear challenges, including radioactive waste management and spent nuclear fuel.
But there's another side to my story. For 14 years, I served Texas as a governor-appointed official, spearheading two organizations championing the judicious use of radioactive materials, ensuring safe radioactive waste disposal, and fostering open dialogues among the public, stakeholders, politicians, and corporations. These dialogues are paramount for the nuclear sector to operate with integrity and precision.
My vast experience, peppered with my fair share of (stupendous) missteps, offers a distinctive lens through which I share my narratives and analyses.
As Sumner Redstone aptly put it, "Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes it's built on catastrophe."
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