Nuclear weapons are among the greatest threats facing civilization today and yet are still widely regarded as national assets—at least among those who think about nuclear weapons at all, because to a great extent they have been forgotten about in civil society. Almost 70 years after Hiroshima, the world has managed to avoid nuclear war, but we are far from being out of danger of a nuclear explosion. In fact, the nuclear threat is now greater than it was during the Cold War. Increasing geopolitical instability and the rise of global terrorism are amplifying the risk of both accidental and intentional nuclear disaster. N Square is seeking ideas in the form of a coherent plan to get civil society to understand that nuclear weapons are both a present threat and a net liability so nuclear weapons policies must change.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Nuclear weapons are not on the radar of civil society and yet the nuclear threat is perhaps greater now that it was during the Cold War. Increasing geopolitical instability and the rise of global terrorism are amplifying the risk of both accidental and intentional nuclear disaster. Meanwhile, most nuclear weapons are aging and degrading, creating a new set of dangers. Experts across the globe, including four former statesmen of the US, agree that nuclear weapons have become a net liability. Yet rather than committing to dismantling these arsenals, the United States and other countries are contemplating building next-generation nuclear weapons to replace them.
Despite this mounting urgency, public awareness and activism around the need to eradicate these weapons is at an all-time low – and even those searching for a way to eliminate the nuclear threat have not found a clear path forward. Movement of society by concerted effort has been demonstrated before in diverse areas such as cigarette use and marriage equality, and it is the aim of this Challenge to uncover ways to influence civil society’s attitude and involvement toward eliminating worldwide threat of nuclear weapons.
The Seeker, N Square, would like plans that address how to get civil society to understand the threat of nuclear weapons and take action that will lead to policy change.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 14, 2016.
Late submissions will not be considered.
After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
ABOUT THE SEEKER
N Square is a hybrid innovation lab designed to foster collaboration, ignite the public imagination and spark new ideas about how to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons. N Square is a collaborative effort between five of the largest peace and security funders in the United States: The Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ploughshares Fund, and the Skoll Global Threats Fund.
N Square is based on the idea that new forms of cross-sector collaboration—combined with the sheer ingenuity of an engaged public—will enable us to innovate our way to a world free from the risks associated with nuclear weapons and fissile materials.
For more information about N Square visit www.nsquarecollaborative.org.
What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?
An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.
In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:
Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.