We're delighted to report that our co-founder, Vardon, will speak at the Build Peace conference in Nairobi this weekend. 🇰🇪 🌍 🕊️
Build Peace is where tech meets peacebuilding. As a nonprofit startup building an online platform designed to increase empathy and understanding, we are happy to be part of the digital peacebuilding community. In this newsletter, you'll be introduced to some amazing organizations in that field.
"I can't wait to meet many inspiring peacebuilders in Kenya and for you to learn about their work in this newsletter!" —Vardon
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Table of content
- ✨ Sparks from the Community ✨
- 🕊️ Peacebuilding conference & organizations
- 🤔 A question for you
✨ Sparks from the Community ✨
We're trying to find content on the internet that sparks new understanding. Below, you'll find some of the links submitted by people worldwide. 🌎 You can see all submissions here.
🧚 "Reimagining and reinventing of self." —Stella
💡 "A really insightful piece about how groups are run - many people think about non-hierarchical communities, but the reality is that even if there's not a formal or explicit structure, there's always a structure of influence anyways." —Sam Liebeskind, 34, USA 🇺🇸
🤯 "Annaka Harris is an author and researcher of consciousness, and her explanations about the nature of our mind and perception have opened my eyes [...] and helped me overcome some misconceptions." —Nora, 25, Switzerland 🇨🇭
✊ "Myanmar’s army committed genocide against the Rohingya, and Facebook played a role in inciting violence. Despite this, they are refusing to help Rohingya refugees. This video made me feel compassion for the refugees and fueled my sense of urgency for reigning in big tech companies." —Unknown
🕊️ Peacebuilding conference & organizations
I'm still in awe of standing in front of Mount Kilimanjaro. Seeing elephants, zebras, and other animals grazing against the backdrop of this unique mountain was breathtaking. Inspired by the beauty of Kenya, I now look forward to connecting with fellow peacebuilders at Build Peace this weekend! 🇰🇪 🌍 🕊️
Build Peace, organized by Build Up, is a global gathering of peacebuilders, policymakers, artists, activists, technologists, and innovators from around the world. 🌐✨
When you look at the program, you see this conference will bring together many inspiring people and organizations. These are the ones making the event possible:
One of these organizations, the Neely Centre for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making, recently launched their Design Code for Social Media, which we have signed together with a list of organizations and people worth checking out. The Neely Center is also a founding sponsor of the Prosocial Design Network, whose co-founder, John Fallot, we recently featured in our community spotlight:
The entire program of Build Peace just sounds like heaven to me. In addition to the sessions with localized contexts, I'm especially looking forward to the following three workshops:
Designing Tech to Support Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion
Among other things, we'll collaborate in breakout sessions to explore and enhance the roster of design features that bolster peacebuilding and social cohesion. The insights from this workshop will be added to the Prosocial Design Library.
Advocating for Responsible Tech: A Workshop on Design Governance & Social Cohesion
Here, we'll go beyond conventional tech governance that emphasizes privacy and content moderation, look at the fresh concept of "Design Governance," and explore possibilities like taxing tech giants for designs that amplify polarization and incentivizing them to boost social cohesion.
PeaceTech Founders Forum
This workshop will provide an opportunity for the founders of startups building PeaceTech to connect, reflect, and learn from each other’s experiences. It will be especially valuable for me, and I look forward to learning from other founders!
There are so many fascinating organizations and people from around the world at Build Peace, and I encourage you to browse the program and look up all the session organizers. I'm sure you'll be as inspired by them as I am! 🙌 🌏 🕊️
🤔 A question for you
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