Governance Innovation for Security and Development
Governance Innovation for Security and Development (GISD) is a collaborative project that seeks solutions to the challenges of supporting governance in the context of intense conflict and low development.
GISD aims to develop a framework to utilize stable governance—provision of essential services, political moderation and accountability, stewardship of state resources, and civic participation and empowerment—as a means to promote both peace and standards of living. In doing so, GISD will also draw from a wide breadth of the international development community, including scholars and practitioners, and develop improved analytical methodologies and technological tools toward the study and promotion of governance.
Global Open Social Sensor Array
Building on work and insights found from Peace Dot, our goal is to create a common protocol for measuring peace “Touches” across social networking and other sites that have relevant data on social connectivity.
Design for Peace
Grassroots efforts such as HCI for Peace have begun to ask the question of how to use computing technologies to promote peace and prevent conflict. From a design thinking perspective, how might products and services be conceived with the intent of promoting emotional well being, guide behaviors around conflict resolution, improve communciations or positively affect some other element of peace?
The Stanford Peace Innovation lab is seeking entrepreneurial solutions for reducing negative engagement and increasing positive engagement across a defined conflict boundary. Proposed solutions need to have the following attributes:
a targeted behavior that can be shaped and measured by the application of an existing or development of a new social or mobile technology
the targeted behavior needs to address an identified conflict boundary (some examples include nationality, geography, religion, politics, race, gender, class, ethnicity, language, and so on)
a way of using ubiquitous sensor networks to passively measure and document the Minimum Acceptable Peaceful Interactions (MAPIs) created.
defined, measurable outcomes–i.e. “To increase the rate of “Like” clicking on Facebook between Iranians and Israelis by 100,000 in the 3 week period between between May 1 and May 21.”
Games for Peace
Can Facebook social games be used to teach non-violent communication? Can mobile iPhone Apps teach children anti-bullying interventions? Let us know what you’re developing and the results you’re getting from your applications.
Global Field Lab Network
The Peace Innovation Lab is becoming a Peace Innovation Field Lab Network with sites around the world. Interested in launching your own Peace Innovation Lab? Contact us.
USAID is supporting Makerere University, Tulane University and Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy and Stanford Peace Innovation Lab in the implementation of ResilientAfrica Network, an international partnership that will apply science and technology to improve the resilience of African communities against natural and political stresses. ResilientAfrica will unite 20 African universities in 16 countries, representing over 300,000 students and faculty members, to form a network to empower African communities.
Stanford Peace Innovation Lab will provide support in the creation of both the Resilience Innovation Labs and the on-line course development for ResilientAfrica.
Peace Innovation Course
Offered spring quarter 2008, the course goal was to learn how to invent peace, and then to create resources for others to do the same. Students worked in small teams to run peace innovation trials with Web 2.0 technology. For example, how can YouTube be used to promote greater harmony? How about Flickr? or Google Maps.
Launched in October 2009, PeaceDot’s goal is simple: persuade any individual, organization or corporation with a website to create a peace subdomain that spotlights what they are doing to help promote peace in the world. So far, over 50 sites ranging from Facebook to the Dalai Lama Foundation, SourceForge to CouchSurfing, in multiple languages have created peace dot pages around the world.
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Manor Labs – an experiment in mass participation civic engagement
Manor Labs is a study in how technology can condition citizens toward more active participation in identifying, prioritizing and solving local community problems. The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab partnered with the City of Manor, Texas, population 6500, to explore the use of persuasive social and mobile technologies to increase constructive collaboration and participation between citizens and local government. Since inception, the City of Manor has received input from over 800 participants on their ideation platform, evaluated 80 ideas and implemented 5. In addition, the City of Manor has become a recognized leader for municipal innovation in the United States.
Relief 2.0 – community- based disaster response and relief
In Relief 2.0 we take an inside look of an emergent phenomenon – Agile Crisis Response made possible by social and mobile technologies and the resultant crowdsourced efforts that allowed people to remotely provide tangible assistance in disaster relief and recovery through crowdsourced mapping, victim identification, family reunification, logistics and mobile medical records collection. Our empirical research has included field assistance in Haiti, the Haiti Relief 2.0 conference at Stanford, and the coordination of CrisisCamp Chile for the Chilean earthquake and the Entrepreneurial Relief and Disaster Recovery @ CrisisCamp Stanford event.
TEDxHayward May 19 2011
The theme for TEDxHayward 2011 is Peace Innovation where we cast a spotlight on how technology and emerging social behaviors and insights are promoting new paths to global peace.
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In partnership with Freeman Spogli Institute’s Liberation Technologies program, the Cloud to Street project aims to contribute the expertise and networks its members have developed in the fields of international politics and diplomacy, democracy promotion and communications to ensure that the networked power of Egyptian activists wields as much influence in offline political processes as they do online.
HackforEgypt Unconference and Hackathon
On May 14, 2011 programmers and engineers gathered at Stanford University to meet with Egyptian activists and discuss applications that could help their cause. Our aim was to build a community that bridges Tahrir Square and Silicon Valley to show what activists equipped with digital tools can achieve. Activists and programmers submitted and vetted technology projects and converged on four projects for implementation.
EPIC Global Challenge
EPIC Challenge is a multidisciplinary research collaboration launched by a team from Stanford’s Persuasive Technology and Peace Innovation Labs. The Earth-wide Peace Innovation Collaboration Challenge (aka EPIC Challenge) is an open innovation process designed to measurably reduce “wicked problems.”