For the past two years, I have been working with Ghana Think Tank as their Solutions Designer. I’m excited to say Ghana Think Tank App (GTTA) has now launched in Europe. GTTA seeks to reverse the global power dynamic between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries, in other words ‘Developing the First World’. Problems are collected from people living in developed countries and sent to think tanks in developing countries come up with solutions. Problems have been collected from around the world including USA, Germany, UK. Solutions have been submitted from the ‘developing world’ such as Iran, Ghana, Mexico, and El Salvador. These solutions are then are carried out in communities where the problem originated.
You can read an interview by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Liverpool for more about the project.
Ghana Think Tank App is a multi-media installation that seeks to change the power dynamic between so called ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries. It takes the entire process of the original Ghana Think Tank Project, and makes it available online. Since October, GTTA has been traveling Europe and collecting problems. V.1 has started its soft launch in Hagen, Germany as a part of IN/VISIBLE CITIES Project. Mode of transportation? A taxidermy goat.
GTT is currently on its 7th year with core members, Christopher Robbins, Carmen Montoya and John Ewing. I began working with Christopher Robbins in 2013 to design the concept, along with Damibu to develop it.
If you want to read my writing about the project, you can check it out here: Ghana Think Tank App (Thesis)
TL;DR: I wrote this paper to examine Information Communication Technologies (ICTS aka basically any device used to digitally communicate), and its influences in the global sphere. I used this writing requirement as an opportunity to help understand what potential impact Ghana Think Tank could have within communities once it turned digital. The research focuses on socio-economic relationship of gadgets in both ‘developing’ and ‘developed’ countries.
For more information, please check out: GhanaThinkTank.org + Photo credit.