Peace in Our Lifetime?

“Talking with Margarita Quihuis was 1 part brain-bending, 1 part hopeful, 1 part grateful that there are brilliant minds working on the equation for positive peace. Continue reading Peace in Our Lifetime?

Bill Gates loves Peace Dot Partner Khan Academy

Bill Gates recently said that he uses Peace Dot Partner Khan Academy to tutor his children in their studies!

Khan Academy is a one man operation that is transforming how education is delivered in the world.

Khan Academy founder Salman Khan believes that education is a key antecedent to peace:

We strongly believe that ignorance is the root of all conflict and that enlightenment is a fundamental ingredient for peace.

With this in mind, we are measuring our contribution to peace as the minutes of education delivered in the past week.

Khan Academy Peace Metric: 6,307,245 minutes of education delivered world-wide in the past week.

Khan Academy is an exemplary Peace Dot partner because they actively

track and measure the impact of what they do.  By using YouTube’s built in analytics plus their own, Khan Academy can quickly identify what works, what doesn’t and refine their video courses for maximum impact.

If that wasn’t enough, Khan Academy is embracing open source, mass collaboration and open innovation by inviting people to create their own instructional videos, translate existing lessons, create interactive exercise dashboards or coach students anywhere in the world.

Want to help make education truly accessible anywhere in the world?

Peace Dot Partner IMVU – Creating Empathetic Connections on the Net

On their website, IMVU explains that they are a “social network and 3D virtual world where millions of people meet, chat and have fun in animated 3D scenes.” The site is a place for people from all over the world to

interact in a more realistically human way than simply by text through email or chat and photos on Facebook by using the 3D Avatars that imitate human behavior. As a participant in our lab’s Peace Dot project, they created a Peace Dot page for IMVU where they display the number of hugs and the number of gifts given in the last 24 hours, as well as a set of images that members of the community created to represent how they see peace. The images range from two hippies with peace signs wearing tie-dye to a woman with her child. Within the network, members can design their own world. They can create their own stuff or buy other people’s designs. It is an entire separate community that exchanges ideas and goods across cultures.

Beyond just looking at the page that IMVU decided to display for how they see their site as creating peace, we decided to look at empathy as an aspect of creating peace and how it is increased or diminished by the Internet. Continue reading Peace Dot Partner IMVU – Creating Empathetic Connections on the Net