The field Lab network has reached Tunis, the first field lab in the MENA region & in AFRICA.
Mark Nelson, co-founder of the Lab and Dorra Mahbouli, Tunis coordinator of Stanford Peace Innovation Lab organized an orientation session on March 17th, 2014 at the Microsoft Innovation center for participants with different background. The outcome would be setting up a community of experts and taking steps forward for collaboration through next Workshops.
Persons attended from different industries : Microsoft , Intel, Stanford Alumni, Empact, Linkao, DigitalMania ,ESPRIT,Tunisian Center for Social Entrepreneurship, MKP, Attijari Sicar & so on.
Please also find a published editorial on this event here
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…