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Ghana ThinkTank: Developing the First World

  • when: Wed April 1 - Sun April 12
  • where: Various locations around Austin >
  • The Ghana ThinkTank

This is a free event. Reservations not required.

Visit the Ghana Think Tank Cart around Austin

(Schedule subject to change – follow social media for the latest updates & locations)

April 3: 6-8pm @ The Off Center
April 4:  11am-3pm @ Westlake & Barton Springs
April 7: 10:30am – 1:30pm @ The Domain- near Whole Foods
April 8: 3pm-6pm @ Second Street District near City Hall
April 9: 2:30-5:30 @ UT near Stadium & Visual Arts Center
April 10: 4pm-7pm @ Manor Rd. Near School House Pub
April 11: 2:30-5:30 @ Mueller near Thinkery
April 12: 10a-1p @ Plaza Saltillo near HOPE Farmers Market

Ghana ThinkTank has been “Developing the First World” since 2006.

They collect problems in the so-called “developed” world, and send them to think tanks they established in Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Mexico, El Salvador, and the U.S. prison system to analyze and solve. Their network continues to grow…

Then they work with the communities where the problems originated to implement those solutions – whether they seem impractical or brilliant.

By exchanging problems and looking for help in unexpected places, they flip typical power dynamics, shift points of view and build unlikely coalitions.

For Fusebox Austin, Ghana ThinkTank will focus on gentrification in Austin, Texas. Terms like change, authenticity, growth, creativity, and gentrification mean very different things to different people in Austin, and this project aims to delve into and present the often conflicting views and effects.

Using a pop-up wooden structure based on the Mexican folding block toy “Tablitas,” Ghana ThinkTank will run a series of on-the-street events throughout Austin, asking residents to submit their problems related to gentrification to be considered by the global network of think tanks.


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