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.