An International Solution
Guttman Initiatives collaborated with Margaret Leinen, CEO of the Climate Response Fund (former Chair of the US Global Change Research Program, Vice-Chair of the Climate Change Science Program and Assistant Director for Geosciences of the National Science Foundation); and, Dr. Michael MacCracken (Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs of The Climate Institute and former President of International Association of Meteorology). In addition, Guttman Initiatives secured the leadership of Dr. Paul Berg (Nobel Prize 1980), who successfully implemented the conference model: the historic Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Technologies discussed above.
Together with the Climate Response Fund, we based the conference format on the famous Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Technologies (1977), an internationally revered model precedent responsible for the production of the rDNA scientific rules and guidelines that remain to this day. GI helped raise the funding for the conference, assisted in the recruitment of the majority of the Board and Co-Sponsors, and participated in the enlistment of the scientific representatives of 14 of the 15 participating countries.
The objective of the conference was not to reach decisions regarding either the use of climate intervention or related ethical issues. However, the potential benefits and drawbacks of each technology, as well as the ethical implications and contextual appropriateness of their implementation were deeply considered and served to provide further guidance.
Instead, the conference explicitly focused on facilitating international standards to reduce any risks associated with research and/or implementation. The Scientific Organizing Committee developed the agenda for the conference.