A New Environment

The spread of technology has shifted the power of media and mass mobilization from corporate and state-controlled organizations to communities and individuals. At the same time, new data on human dynamics and sentiment — the DNA of conflict — is being shared on social networking sites and analyzed more rapidly and profoundly than ever before.

A New Opportunity

The confluence of these factors is producing a transformation in conflict management and peacebuilding. From Kenya to Colombia, Afghanistan to Indonesia, we are seeing media and technology being used in innovative ways to counter age-old drivers of conflict, ranging from election violence and interethnic hatred, to resource shortages and gender violence.

A New Approach

But we can do better. We can accelerate the development of solutions. We can distribute them faster. We can engage more people in generating ideas and collaborative problem-solving. 

We believe the answer lies in moving beyond ad hoc innovation towards a more deliberate model, where engineers and scientists from industry and academia work each day alongside experts in peacebuilding from government, NGOs and the conflict zones themselves. 


WATCH SHELDON HIMELFARB PRESENT WHY PEACETECH LAB IS NEEDED IN TODAY'S WORLD AT USIP'S PEACETECH SUMMIT ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2015.