New Innovation Lab Launch: The PeaceTechLab

We are pleased to announce the formal launch of the Peacebuilding and Technology Laboratory (PeaceTechLab), a laboratory that will explore how technology can be used to enhance peacebuilding. PeaceTechLab is the first in a series of new Culture Shock Innovation Lab inititaives.

On September 19 The International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, in partnership with New York based Culture Shock, The Nerve Centre in Derry, The Young Foundation, The Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies in the Basque Country and Scensei in Washington, launched the Peacebuilding and Technology Laboratory (The PeaceTechLab).

The main goal of the laboratory is to explore how technology can be used to enhance the peacebuilding. Technology has also been used for conflict, but how could we use it to drive peace? INCORE, Culture Shock and the local and global partners of this project will look at the problem of peace, find answers to this issue and see how media can positively impact the field of conflict resolution. The international program, conceived by Culture Shock in partnership with INCORE, is designed to bring a community of peacebuilders together with creative technologists, storytellers, strategists and makers, to try to make a lasting and plausible social impact, by developing free, technology enabled tools for use in societies emerging from armed conflict.

We will look at Big Data, digital social networks, digital monitoring, computer gaming, archiving, storytelling, peace education and campaigning as powerful transformation tools in the areas of conflict.  The formal launch event of the PeaceTechLab was presented by CultureTech Festival in Derry, N. Ireland and the lab will be based in the MIT FabLab at the Nerve Centre.  The first meeting of creatives and peacebuilders is scheduled for December 4-5, 2014.



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