Build Up

The Commons

The Commons Four years ago, I went to the first Build Peace conference at MIT’s Media Lab. I knew next to nothing about the team of young people from Build UP^ who organized the event, but I’ll go to almost anything that involves peace and technology. The conference and the group of now 30-somethings that put it on changed my life. I have been to all four of their conferences (Cyprus, Zurich, and Bogota in addition to MIT) and plan to be at the next one in Belfast in October. Not only have I learned a lot about peace, technology, and the arts, but I’ve made a few friends for life. So, when they asked me to help [...]

The Commons 2018-03-11T20:17:58+00:00

Build Peace 2015

Look just below the surface of any wicked problem these days and you are likely to find that there is a technological issue among its causes and that they will also figure in whatever ways we try to deal with it. With that in mind, the Alliance for Peacebulding was delighted to co-sponsor the recent Build Peace conference which I attended at the end of April in Nicosia, Cyprus.  It was the second such event organized by four remarkable young social entrepreneurs who call themselves as Build Up^. The first drew some 200 people to the iconic MIT Media Lab in 2014. They decided to hold the second one in Cyprus so that it could include events on both [...]

Build Peace 2015 2015-05-11T15:00:17+00:00