Persuasive Technology for Youth Violence Prevention May 21-22

May 21st, 2014

To kick-start the process of a Peace Innovation Lab set up in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, Gabriel René Moreno Autonomous University (UAGRM), Fundación Trabajo Empresa and OpenMarabunta are organising a 2-day workshop on “Persuasive Technology for Youth Violence Prevention” hosted by the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA) on 21-22 May 2014.

Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s economic hub and one of Latin America’s fastest growing urban areas. As in other major cities in Bolivia, Santa Cruz has a growing problem of violent crime and youth gang activity, leading to neighbourhood decay, loss of businesses and social cohesion.

Not only are gangs growing in number and size, children as young as 12 are now joining gangs, and are recruited at school.

Although the economic impact of youth violence in Bolivia is largely unknown, IADB has pioneered research into the costs of crime and violence in Latin American countries, and found that the impact of insecurity amounts to 7% of GDP.

Through a deep dive into persuasive technology and behaviour design, more than 40 leaders in technology, business, finance, government and non-profit sectors will explore the reasons why adolescents decide to join gangs in order to source, test and scale persuasive experiences that help high-risk youth to make better decisions. Workshop participants will also lay the groundwork for measuring the impact of these technologies and interventions on individual people, communities and the local economy.


  • Fundación Trabajo Empresa
  • Gabriel René Moreno Autonomous University (UAGRM)
  • OpenMarabunta
  • Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • Stanford Peace Innovation Lab

Aalborg East Workshop

February 24th, 2014

Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, the Municipality of Aalborg will open the workshop at a kick off meeting for all the stakeholders in the neighborhood Kildeparken in Aalborg East while Margarita Quihuis and Mark Nelson, Global Co-Directors introduce to the methodologies and also communicate world wide experiences in the area.

The following two days the workshop will continue with co-creation sessions, prototyping and experiments. The software company SenseMate will then develop a mobile app based on the proposals from the participants.

The workshop is organised by Kristian Løbner from COWI and Claus Bjørton from Himmerland Housing Association in cooperation with Morten Karnøe Søndergaard and Niels Einar Veirum from Stanford Peace Innovation Lab. It will take place in February 2014.

Hack for Peace in the Middle East

February 1st, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAre you a coding geek, (HTML5, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Java Script, Python, C++), problem solver, designer, or a business professional that cares about coding for a cause? Do you think you’re crazy enough to change the world and believe that you can actually do it? Then this event is just for you!

In efforts to turbocharge the startup ecosystem in the Middle East, PITME, in partnership with ’Code for a Cause,’ will be hosting a Hackathon to bring together 500 techies to assist us in addressing issues that exist in the Middle East. PITME is proudly uniting the San Francisco developer community to hack for a social cause. The 11 PITME Labs Squad 01 teams, representing 6 different countries along with a panel of Middle Eastern studies experts will guide the techies in an effort to make a difference.

Mark Nelson and Margarita Quihuis of Stanford Peace Innovation Lab will provide an overview of peace innovation and behavior design as well as act as judges for the final presentations Sunday evening.

Hack for Peace Schedule

Saturday, February 1st

  • 8 AM – Check-In, registration and breakfast (1 hr)
  • 9 AM – Hack for Peace Welcome Note (30 min)
  • 9:30 AM – Stanford Peace Innovation Lab; Peace Tech Intro (1 hr)
  • 10:30 AM – Partner API (Rackspace, BitTorrent and Wix) announcements (1hr)
  • 11:30 AM – Begin Hacking
  • 12 PM – Lunch
  • 5 PM – Dinner

Sunday, February 2nd

  • 8 AM – Begin Hacking Again/ breakfast
  • 12 PM – Lunch
  • 5 PM – Stop coding submit projects/ Judging begins
  • 8 PM – Hackathon ends
PITME PITME is a social impact organization headquartered in San Francisco that aims at turbo-charging the Middle Eastern startup ecosystem by providing access to Silicon Valley resources. PITME’s initiatives include PITME Labs, an accelerator for MENA growth stage startups supported by 125 top thought leaders in Silicon Valley. Initiatives also include an educational entrepreneurial focused show ‘Technology in a Tent’ among other activities tailored for entrepreneurs and investors in the Middle East.

Urban Innovation in Denmark

January 30th, 2014

Aalborg University

Urban Innovation is becoming a core aspect of Peace Innovation globally, as the majority of the planets population is now living in urban areas and all trends are pointing to an acceleration in the urbanization process. Furthermore recent research suggests that future conflict is increasingly likely to occur in densely populated, electronically networked settings at the periphery of sprawling coastal cities in the developing world (Kilcullen 2013). While Denmark is only affected by four of these five factors, it is also widely acknowledged as a very peaceful society with a high penetration of connectivity technology.

In this case study meaningful future urban interventions are effectively prototyped and tested today. The highly connected nature of Danish Cities allows us to experiment with technological solutions that is not yet available at large in developing countries and the relatively peaceful coexistence suggests baseline data for Urban Innovation benchmarking at a global scale.

read more on the Stanford/Denmark PIL efforts in Aalborg…


SALDEF/Peace Innovation Study “Turban Myths” Online

January 23rd, 2014


The project is the first known multi-threaded research of its kind, mining perception of Sikh Americans and the challenges they face from numerous sources:

  • Two independently managed consumer survey projects (Google Consumer Surveys and Politix)
  • A comprehensive review of academic literature in the neurosciences, psychology, sociology, and criminology on bias and hate crimes
  • A study of Internet conversation regarding Sikh Americans
  • Qualitative interviews with leaders in the Sikh American community and their peers in other ethnic and faith-based communities
  • A review of best practices and case studies in design-based interventions in the areas of conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and peacemakingThe research was conducted from July through September 2013.

SALDEF, Peace Innovation Lab Explore Bias, Hate Crimes and Behavior Design Interventions

September 25th, 2013

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Stanford Peace Innovation Lab and SALDEF collaborate on Hate Crimes Study

September 25th, 2013




Research shows most Americans misidentify turban-wearers in U.S.

STANFORD, CA AND WASHINGTON, DC –- Sept. 9th, 2013 – In a groundbreaking study titled “Turban Myths,” researchers at SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and Stanford University found that 70% of Americans misidentify turban-wearers as Muslim (48%), Hindu, Buddhist or Shinto. In fact, almost all men in the U.S. who wear turbans are Sikh Americans, whose faith originated in India.


Designing for Collaboration

September 3rd, 2013

Collaboration is essential in our interconnected world, and everything inter-esting has become “cross”, “multi” and “inter” today: international, inter-disciplinary, cross-functional, multi-generational, multi-sectoral. You name it!




Berlin Hackathon – Design for Giving

July 26th, 2013

Germany´s largest online donation platform,, teamed up with the  Berlin Peace Innovation Lab on July 19th-21st to organize the first in a row of peace innovation hackathons and workshops.

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Digital Donations – Crowdfunding for Social Change

July 11th, 2013

Crowdfunding, text donations,  microfinance and other innovative ways of fundraising have not only become increasingly important to the existing non-profit sector, it is changing the humanitarian scene, as we know it. The route from observing a social problem to gathering people, resources, data and good ideas have become much shorter through platforms such as IndiGoGo, OpenIDEO and Ushahidi, to name but a few.