The Peace Innovation Lab is an initiative from Stanford’s Persuasive Tech Lab. Launched in Spring 2010, the Peace Innovation Lab is focused on casting a spotlight on how technology and emerging social behaviors and insights are promoting new paths to global peace.
The Peace Innovation project started with Peace Dot. The goal of Peace Dot was simple: persuade any individual, organization or corporation with a website to create a peace subdomain that spotlights what they are doing to help promote peace in the world. At our launch in 2010 over 50 sites ranging from Facebook to the Dalai Lama Foundation, Khan Academy to CouchSurfing, in multiple languages created peace dot pages around the world.
The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab led by Margarita Quihuis and Mark Nelson has spawned a number of projects including peacedot.facebook, Manor Labs, the Open Global Sensor Array, CloudtoStreet and the Peace Innovation Lab network around the world as well as research into the application of social technologies to foster citizen diplomacy such as Israel Loves Iran and Romancing the Border.
The lab network applies the tools of persuasive technology and behavior design to measurably reduce human violence, and (more importantly) increase positive engagement, across conflict boundaries.
The Peace Innovation Lab carries forward the work started by BJ Fogg at Stanford, through research, education and a global lab network to empower the new generation of peace technology entrepreneurs.
How do we go about this?
Our steps for creating a peace technology infrastructure include:
- peace technology course at Stanford
- blogging about peace technology examples
- creating direction of peace technology initiatives
- developing an analytics/metrics framework for measuring pro-social behaviors across social media platforms
- developing teaching materials
- preparing to fund trials
- creating network of peace innovation labs
- systematic insights (resources)