Participatory Urban Development in Berlin (Meetup on Sept 4)

August 31st, 2014

Whether you have called Berlin home for decades or are newly arrived – you are invited to attend tonight´s lab to help make Berlin even more inclusive, open and inviting. For the city is only as cosmopolitan, colorful and lively, as its residents.

12.-13. September is the ”Aktionstag für ein schönes Berlin” (Eng. Day of Action for a Splendid Berlin), which is your chance to actively do something for your neighborhood or district. It is time to roll up your sleeves and make your city more beautiful and worth living in.

Contributing is easy. Berliners are asked to form action groups e.g. as a school class, business department, club or with neighbors, friends and family to improve the cityscape or do something nice for others.

Tonight, we are honored to welcome Hella Dunger-Löper, Permanent Secretary at the Berlin Senate Chancellery, who will first set the stage for the importance of active citizenship and participatory city development.

Afterwards we will form small groups according to interests and develop activity ideas that can be implemented on ”Aktionstag für ein schönes Berlin”. It can be cleaning of playgrounds, removing graffiti, giving free hugs, preparing a welcome party for your new neighbors – Your imagination is the limit!

 

Limited space capacity: 40 people – “First sign-up. First serve” via Meetup

*If you have signed up, and cannot attend, please make sure to delete your participation, to leave room for others. Thank you!

Speaker introduction

Hella Dunger-Löper (SPD) served, as the Permanent Secretary for Building and Housing at Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development from 2004-2011

Since December 2011 she represents the state of Berlin, acting as Permanent Secretary, State of Berlin Delegate to the Federation, Commissioner for European Affairs, and Commissioner for Active Citizenship at the Berlin Senate Chancellery.

Organizer:

Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, as part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab global network, focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for interventions that will increase positive engagement at scale.

High-Level Panel Session ‘Big Data for Humanity’

August 28th, 2014

(Event recap is a repost of the  summary from the Leiden University College The Hague)

On Monday 18th of August, the Peace Informatics Lab (Leiden University) hosted a high-level panel session on “Big Data for Humanity” in The Hague. The event was organised in cooperation with the Leiden Centre of Data Science, New World Campus and Leiden University Campus The Hague, and was part of Campus The Hague’s “Big Data for Peace Summer School” week.

Thanks to all attendees of the high-level panel session Big Data for Humanity – with a special thanks to Ingrid van Engelshoven (Deputy Mayor of The Hague), moderator Ellen de Lange (OneWorld) and our panelists:

  • Robert Kirkpatrick: United Nations Global Pulse (Director)
  • William Hoffman: Data Driven Development, World Economic Forum (Associate Director)
  • Mark Nelson: Stanford Peace Innovation Lab (Co-Director and Founder)
  • Jaap van den Herik: Leiden Centre of Data Science, Leiden University (Director)
  • Caroline Kroon: Open Development, Cordaid (Senior Corporate Strategist)

 

 

Big data for humanity

How could the ever-growing amounts of digital data help us improve the conditions of the global poor? Will more data allow us to improve policy responses to humanitarian crises and violent conflicts? Could Big Data help us bring about peace, development and stability?

Big Data has often been described as a fuel for both innovation and our economy. It is being applied in many areas, for example financial markets, health and fast moving consumer goods. With this panel session, we want to explore current trends in and prospects for Big Data to become a driver for human development.

This event is part of the Peace Informatics Lab’s efforts to build a community of practitioners, researchers and policymakers interested in applying Big Data and data analytics in the field of peace, justice and development.

Contact

peaceinformaticslab@cdh.leidenuniv.nl

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Organizers

 

Big Data for Peace Summer School

August 16th, 2014

Leiden University Peace Infomatics Lab

Big Data for Peace Summer School 2014

How do you use Big Data for peace and security?

Are you a PhD researcher or practitioner in the field of conflict studies, conflict resolution, peace or security studies, with an affinity to Big Data? Then the Centre for Innovation / Peace Informatics Lab is looking for you!

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Persuasive tech, youth gang violence and new pathways to shared value in Bolivia

July 30th, 2014

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Pervasive fears about crime erode social cohesion and trust, and push people towards isolation. The perception of insecurity in Bolivia has deteriorated significantly in recent years, overtaking unemployment, poverty, inequality or civil unrest as the main public concern. According to official estimates, young people aged 12 to 30 years perpetrate more than 80 percent of violence and insecurity in Bolivia’s major cities. How can persuasive technology and behaviour design be used to improve this situation and rebuild social capital in communities most affected by violence?

The workshop titled “Persuasive Technologies for Youth Gang Violence Prevention”, held at Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (21-22 May 2014), brought together 60 technologists, government officials, scholars and community activists to rapid prototype web interventions seeking to scale positive engagement between high-risk youths and other groups, and thereby explore new models of social value and wealth creation for citizens, businesses, neighbourhoods, local governments and banking institutions. Led by Mark Nelson, Stanford Peace Innovation Lab Co-Director, the event marked the launch of the Peace Innovation Lab in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, as part of a global field lab network providing rigorous test-beds and global access to markets for technology mediated interventions that deliver positive peace.

Inaugural partners and associates include  Universidad Autónoma de Gabriel René Moreno (UAGRM), Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA), Fundación Trabajo Empresa, National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia (Santa Cruz Chapter), Sintesis S.A., Bolivian Chamber of Information Technologies and Open Marabunta.

 

The UAGRM Faculty of Humanities made this short video  Taller de Technologias Persuasivas of the event. 

 

Movement for Empathy and Social Wellbeing (Meetup on July 6)

July 6th, 2014

Numerous studies have cited the importance of movement and exercise to reduce personal stress, offset depression and improve overall health and well-being.  As individuals devote more time to their personal devices, there is a corresponding decline in time dedicated to face to face social activities, movement and fitness in the physical world. 

How might mobile social technology be designed to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem? 

Moreover, since studies also show a direct corelation between coordinated physical motion with others and empathy for them, how might we design applications that encourage people to meet to engage in coordinated movement (such as dance, sports and other fitness activities) that would result in stronger social cohesion and empathy? Can we design improved health to increase community peace, and use improved peace to motivate improved health?

We had a great two hours of brainstorming and prototyping sprint as we imagine new ways of rediscovering our bodies, our friends and community, and the larger physical world.

Speakers

Mark Nelson & Margarita Quihuis, Co-Directors, Stanford Peace Innovation Lab

Movement for Empathy and Social Wellbeing

July 6th, 2014

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Numerous studies have cited the importance of movement and exercise to reduce personal stress, offset depression and improve overall health and well-being.  As individuals devote more time to their personal devices, there is a corresponding decline in time dedicated to face to face social activities, movement and fitness in the physical world. 

How might mobile social technology be designed to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem? 

Moreover, since studies also show a direct corelation between coordinated physical motion with others and empathy for them, how might we design applications that encourage people to meet to engage in coordinated movement (such as dance, sports and other fitness activities) that would result in stronger social cohesion and empathy? Can we design improved health to increase community peace, and use improved peace to motivate improved health?

Join us for a two hour brainstorming and prototyping sprint as we imagine new ways of rediscovering our bodies, our friends and community, and the larger physical world.

 

Agenda:

10.30 Doors open

11.00 Welcome & Energizer

11.15 Brainstormer

11.45 Collaborative work:  Ideas and mobile app prototype concepts

12.30 Collective: Share insights

13.00 Lunch´o´clock (*at a local café for those who wish to join)

Speakers

Mark Nelson & Margarita Quihuis, Co-Directors, Stanford Peace Innovation Lab

More about this event: http://www.meetup.com/Berlin-Peace-Innovation-Labs-Mobile-Facebook-Wiki-Maps/events/192788792/

Collaborative Sandbox – An introduction to Lean Canvas (Meetup on July 3)

July 3rd, 2014

In this Lean Canvas Workshop, guests got a first glimpse of the Lean Startup methodology and  learned how to document their business model in a 1-page document.

• Capture  business model in a portable 1-page diagram. The Lean Canvas is the perfect format for brainstorming possible business models, prioritizing where to start and tracking ongoing learnings.

• Save  months of wasted effort and the frustration of building something nobody wants, by learning how to take the right action at the right time.

The Lean Canvas is an adaption from the original Business Model Canvas by Ash Maurya. It was developed through rigorous testing of the Lean Startup, Customer Development and Bootstrapping techniques, and has been successfully applied to dozens of products ranging from b2c, enterprise, clean tech and no-tech products.

What is Collaborative Sandbox?

Our goal is give hand you tools, which prepares you to create change. Instead of just discussing the next interesting topics in organizational or societal change, we want to dig deeper: play, test and make first hand experiences. Then, share, reflect and get smarter- together!

Partners

Agora Collective is a network that creatively facilitates the exchange, development and encounter of ideas, skills and resources amongst people and projects. This network is a cultural hub where educational, artistic, and entrepreneurial values are cultivated and exchanged. Housed in a restored Altbau in the heart of Berlin, Agora hosts people and projects from various backgrounds giving them the space, infrastructure and accessory, allowing their ideas to succeed. Above all, Agora is about its people, its projects and the shared motivation to discover how individuals and their ideas can inspire and influence each other.

 

Persuasive Technology for Youth Violence Prevention May 21-22, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

May 21st, 2014

Santa Cruz PIL workshop

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 majorcities 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 on individual people, communities and the local economy.

Partners

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

Data Visualization & Data Journalism

May 14th, 2014

In the non-profit world and civil sector resources can be scarce, but there’s never a shortage of data. Nonprofits track finances, services, outcomes and external data about their issue areas. Embedded in all that data are stories waiting to be told. Stories that can drive political change and inspire higher efficiency. The world’s best news organizations tell data stories digitally with rich visuals and interactives that make complex data accessible to broad audiences. Imagine if non-profits applied the same principles and technologies to data they already track. It is not a future ambition, the tools are already here!

The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab and the Impact Hub welcomed Javier de la Torre, CEO and co-founcer of Vizzulity and CartoDB, companies leading the change for product strategy and business development. As an expert on biodiversity informatics, open data, and mapping software, Javier covered the topics of data analysis, visualization, biodiversity, mapping, and citizen science in his inspiring introduction. He later brought the group discussion to address: How can my organization apply and benefit from data visualization and data driven story-telling?

Partners:

Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, as part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab global network, focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for interventions that will increase positive engagement at scale.

The Impact Hub is a rapidly expanding, diverse global network of over 7000+ members in 40+ locations. Each community is a wealth of innovative programs, events, and cutting edge content. Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community centre, The Impact Hub offers its members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact.

 

Dynamic Value Networks

April 29th, 2014

The term “Dynamic Value Network” relates to how firms form relationships with other firms and customers to create and capture value in turbulent environments. Advanced capabilities to anticipate consumer/citizen habits, intentions, and behavior constitute inspiring driving factors of new breed of operating models. Leading social media and e-commerce firms are the pioneers, and represent the novel but fast-developing platforms in this space. Together with third parties, they deploy new combinations of resources and capabilities to meet customer needs in a proactive manner.

 

Despite the development of data analytic capabilities and leveraging of sensor data (big data) from users and their environment, it remains a challenge to model and predict human behavior in the dynamic environment. New elements of behavior become relevant sources of valuable knowledge: opportunity perception, habit formation, and intention and network (pro)action.

 

Although Internet firms lead these developments, opportunities emerge also for other organizations willing to learn from the Internet practices. For example, organizations from different fields need to share and analyze data on a scale larger than before in order to understand both individual actions and sequences of actions (activity, behavior, habits and experiences). Firms and public organizations need to form adaptive, flexible, and learning – i.e. dynamic – organizational relationships.

 

This seminar explores and develops these themes through a number of different disciplinary lenses.