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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 Commons2018-03-11T20:17:58+00:00

Build Peace 2017

Last week, I joined over 400 people in Bogota for the 2017 Build Peace conference. It was the fourth "edition" of this annual event which has gotten bigger and better each time.  Originally created to explore the intersection between peace and technology, the conference has moved beyond that to include the arts and broader questions of social change. This year, we focused on "making paper count" which is an obvious issue in countries like Colombia where an agreement has been reached but there is plenty to do before peace truly takes hold.   All too often, agreements don't last. Indeed, by some counts, half of all agreements fall apart and the parties are back on the battlefield within five years [...]

Build Peace 20172017-12-10T16:49:47+00:00