Dr. Richard Matthew, Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, is featured in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology’s (Calit2) semiannual magazine this spring. Since its founding in 2005, Calit2 has paved the path forward in regards to commencing new information technologies and services, commanding multidisciplinary research, and collaborating with both large and small businesses. Their publication, Interface, strives to clearly present the multitude of issues they combat everyday, and the specific work that they and others have accomplished in the pursuit of a prospectively stable, advantageous society.
The second issue of the magazine’s eighth volume is themed “Illuminating Entrepreneurship” and highlights the organization’s entwined relationship with those who undertake impressive ventures in sustainable, scientific, and industrial realms. Of these individuals, includes Dr. Matthew, in a piece entitled “The Path to Promise.” The article follows the exploits of his sixteen year career advising and building war-torn countries toward peace and stability, specifically detailing the many sustainability-related challenges along the way. Unfortunately, most of these challenges are not financial or technical in nature, but perceptual and communicative. Specifically, the main problem for Matthew lies with informing and convincing both local and global officials of the consequences of excessive environmental stress, especially in the highly sensitive regions and communities he has visited.
The article does pair these frustrations with new methods the CUSA Director has undertaken toward a promising future, stating, “Part of Matthew’s mission is to find ways to communicate effectively the long-term consequences of climate change to people on both sides of the development divide. CUSA’s Transformational Media Lab studies the use of technology to spur civic action and social change, and he hopes these efforts will encourage people to ‘take ownership’ and begin making changes.”