Peace Dot partner peace.facebook.com is featured in this week’s Time Magazine. Here’s the part we love:
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, is at her most enthusiastic when she’s describing Peace.Facebook.com, part of the website that tracks the number of friendships made each day between members of groups that have historically disagreed, such as Israelis and Palestinians and Sunnis and Shi’ites. “We don’t pretend Facebook’s this profound all the time,” Sandberg says. “But is it harder to shoot at someone who you’ve connected to personally? Yeah. Is it harder to hate when you’ve seen pictures of that person’s kids? We think the answer is yes.”
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1990582-3,00.html#ixzz0oX5KRgK5
Captain Paul K. Chappell believes that war is not inevitable and peace is possible. Having graduated from West Point in 2002 and served in Baghdad during 2006 and 2007, he knows the ins and outs of war. With this experience he decided to start thinking about the future of war and peace. He looked at the natural instincts for war or peace and came to the conclusion that not only is war unnatural, it is also unnecessary. We here at the Peace Innovation Lab were lucky enough to sit down with him for lunch and have a discussion, as well as listen to his talk on campus last night. He spoke about a variety of ideas that he connected together to promote the idea that peace is possible.