BJ first studied the application of Persuasive Technology to peace in 2006, when he taught the first Peace Innovation class at Stanford. In 2008 he taught the class again, leading to the first Peace Innovation project, Peace Dot, launching in 2009. With BJ’s continued advice and mentorship, the project led to the founding of Stanford Peace Innovation Lab in 2010.
Trained as an experimental psychologist, Dr. B.J. Fogg directs research and design at the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab. That lab’s mission is to create insight into how computing products–from websites to mobile phone software–can be designed to change people beliefs and behaviors. BJ is the author of “Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do.” Outside the university BJ runs a startup company that creates compelling user experiences for everyday people. He holds seven patents for his innovations in user interface design.
Co-Director, Peace Innovation Lab
A social entrepreneur and mentor capitalist, Margarita Quihuis’s career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital and entrepreneurship. Her accomplishments include being the first director of Astia (formerly known as the Women’s Technology Cluster), a business incubator where her portfolio companies raised $67 million in venture funding, venture capitalist, Reuters Fellow at Stanford, and Director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations. She is currently a member of the research team at Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, and co-directs the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab where she conducts research on innovation, mass collaboration, persuasive technology & the potential of social networks to change society for the better. Her projects have included the study of collaboration and citizen engagement to foster government innovation – Manor Labs, bottoms-up post-disaster response and recovery – Relief 2.0 and advisory roles in citizen psy-op efforts such as the the Israel Loves Iran and Romancing the Border social media campaigns.
She is a recognized thought leader in the areas of innovation, emergent social behavior and technology and has been part of Deloitte’s On Social Roundtable and Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Open Innovation and Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology.
As Director of R I Labs for Ricoh Innovations she created a consumer focused innovation lab that focused on new market opportunities from generational behavior (Millenials), cloud and mobile computing, emerging social technologies, crowdsourcing and open innovation.
Former relief-worker, investment banker, and social entrepreneur, Mark Nelson founded and co-directs Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, where he researches mass collaboration and mass interpersonal persuasion. Mark focuses on designing, catalyzing, incentivizing, and generating resources to scale up collective positive human behavior change. He has described a functional, quantitative definition of peace, in terms of engagement quantity and quality across social difference lines; he has identified innovative, automated ways to measure peace, both at the neighborhood and global level; and he has developed a formal structural description for Peace Data. He leads the Social Energy Map project, and designs technology interventions to measurably increase positive, mutually beneficial engagement across conflict boundaries. Mark’s mission is to create an entire new, profitable industry, where positive peace is delivered as a service. Other projects include EPIC Global Challenge and Peace Markets. Mark is also a researcher and practitioner at Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, and a member of Stanford’s Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory.
Ryan Singer is an entrepreneur with a deep background in Open Source software. His work in the past has touched heavily on community engagement, mass collaboration, marketing, and business development. From 2002 to 2007, he was the Marketing Contact for the United States for OpenOffice.org. Since then, he founded The OpenDocument Fellowship and the OpenDocument foundation, helping to bring documents into the internet age.
Ryan’s Lab efforts are focused on our Peace Markets project, an attempt to bring together markets, big data and conflict boundary analysis to create a peace industry.
Chris Bennett is an award-winning Game Designer who has combined creative ideas with social networking to reach millions of players with his credited games. Chris creates compelling engagement loops and massively increases monetization for mobile and social games.Chris has over 17 years of experience in the entertainment software industry and was instrumental in expanding hit brands like Diner Dash, which is one of the top-selling downloadable games of all time with over 1 billion downloads. Chris has talked about games and game design for broadcast coverage in media including NBC TV, NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is called on by organizations such as Stanford and USAID for his game design expertise.
Annie Gentes is a professor in information and communication sciences in Telecom ParisTech, a graduate school of engineering in Paris, and head of the co-design and media studies lab. Her research focuses on creative practices in art, design and engineering. She is involved in multiple projects on IT design for mobility, culture, learning, and games. She explores 3D interfaces and virtual intelligent agents as well as new network infrastructures (in particular distributed architectures) and augmented reality technologies.
Karen Guttieri is a faculty member with the Global Public Policy Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Dr. Guttieri’s research maps the evolution of the American stability operations paradigm and military learning as new technologies and normative standards for treatment of civilians have emerged. Related research addresses dynamics of transitional processes, metrics for evaluating them, and cognitive preparedness for such operations. This work is published in a co-edited volume on transitional regimes, Interim Governments, and numerous articles and book chapters on topics such as civil affairs, international law, cognitive psychology, and organizational learning. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Guttieri has developed curricula on stabilization and reconstruction, including a seminar in Geneva on leadership in complex operations. Dr. Guttieri developed and edited the Complex Operations Case Series for the Center for Complex Operations. Recognizing that military understanding of globalization and protection of civilian populations will be increasingly vital to human security, recent research projects seek to refresh now standard debates around globalization and national security issues. Research on anomie and insurgency is one such project; the study of prevention regimes and strategies is another. A native of California, Dr. Guttieri received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics and International Relations from San Francisco State University and earned Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She joined the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001 after conducting post-doctoral research at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a futurist of science and technology. Alex has conducted a variety of forecast and prototyping exercises exploring the business and social implications of emerging technologies, the future of science, and emerging global innovation networks. His methodological research examines how futurists can use behavioral economics and social software to better understand and build responses to today’s complex global challenges. In spring 2011 he was a visiting fellow at Microsoft Research Cambridge, where he developed a framework for contemplative computing, an approach to information technologies that promotes mindfulness and concentration in users. Alex holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Empire and the Sun: Victorian Solar Eclipse Expeditions (Stanford University Press, 2002), and numerous articles in scholarly and popular publications.
Patrick Tague is an Assistant Research Professor and leader of the Wireless Network & System Security group at Carnegie Mellon University, holding appointments with CyLab, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the Information Networking Institute, and the Silicon Valley Campus. His research interests include wireless/mobile communications and networking; wireless/mobile security and privacy; robust and resilient networked systems; and analysis and sense-making of sensor network data. He received PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington as a member of the Network Security Lab and BS degrees in Mathematics and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Patrick received the Yang Research Award for outstanding graduate research in the UW Electrical Engineering Department, the Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the UW Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, and the NSF CAREER award.