• Ghana ThinkTank flips power narratives by organizing workshops in lesser-developed contexts and countries that solve “first-world” problems.
• The group recently brought together recent migrants and a well-known self-armed United States southwestern border patrol to create new solutions to local problems at the Mexican border.
• The collective has worked with Think Tanks from around the world including Serbia, Ethiopia, El Salvador, a group of incarcerated girls in the U.S. prison system.
Organized by Christopher Robbins, John Ewing, and Carmen Montoya, this worldwide network of think tanks flips typical power dynamics, shifts points of view, and builds unlikely coalitions by exchanging problems and looking for help in unexpected places. Recently, after receiving the 2013 Creative Capital Award for emerging fields, Ghana ThinkTank implemented a multi-year project at the Mexican border that focuses on the conflicting views on immigration in the United States. With a mission to create strategies to solve local problems in “developed countries,” since 2006, Ghana ThinkTank has collected problems in the US and Europe and sent them to think tanks around the world in places that range from Serbia, Ethiopia, El Salvador, and even a group of incarcerated girls in the U.S. prison system. By producing workable solutions and sometimes even intensely awkward situations, Ghana ThinkTank is able to reveal the wide ranging cultural assumptions that govern global interactions in our ever shrinking world.