Since our inception, Ploughshares Fund has invested in innovative organizations and individuals in its quest to reduce nuclear weapons threats. Our investments have adapted and shifted with the times; what worked in 1981 doesn’t necessarily work today.
That’s why we’re currently investing in N Square – a joint initiative also funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Skoll Global Threats Fund. We believe that new forms of collaboration from a range of social sectors – not just "nuclear experts" – will enable us to innovate our way to a world free from the risks of nuclear weapons and fissile materials.
Some exciting examples of new collaboration include a partnership with Games for Change, an organization dedicated to catalyzing social impact through digital games. While gaming may see the province of teens and not elicit the gravity that nuclear risks do, the gaming “space” is incredibly vast and rich with ideas and people with a passion to problem solve. This partnership has led to the creation of a prototype game called ‘Epic Orphan’ – a video game designed to educate users about the dangers and threats of nuclear terrorism at the same time they are drawn into the action. Another collaboration will put N Square Director, Erika Gregory front and center at the world famous TEDWomen Conference in San Francisco this October. Erika will challenge us to set an ambitious ‘moonshot’ deadline – akin to Kennedy’s Apollo goal – for eliminating nuclear weapons.
Tapping popular culture to reach broader, more influential and thus more effective partners is the approach that N Square is taking. Such connections have tremendous power to bring more awareness of, and to foster action take on, nuclear threats. Ploughshares Fund is counting on N Square to help get us there.
Learn more about at NSquare.org.
Learn about @NSquareCollab: collaboration and innovation to go beyond the bomb via @carrollpm.