Stanford Peace Innovation Lab: Bolivia

The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab: Bolivia was launched in Spring 2014.


Bolivia Team

Orla de Diaz

Orla de Díez
Bolivia Coordinator

Based in Madrid, Spain, Orla de Díez is collaborating with the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab to set up a ‘living lab’ in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, which seeks to transform violence and build positive relationships in one of the least peaceful countries of Latin America, by using new tools of persuasive technology and behavior design.

Orla’s current practice, OpenMarabunta, focuses on helping organisations to develop open and distributed innovation capabilities for whole-system design across disciplines and industries.

She’s worked with and for organisations and governments all over the world on challenges ranging from complex humanitarian emergencies to transforming institutions and behaviour in environments of poor governance and profound structural reform, and more recently in nascent areas of Smart Grid technologies and systems.

Before OpenMarabunta, she worked at Club de Madrid and drew from an extraordinary mix of former leaders, including Felipe González, Joaquim Chissano, Kim Campbell, Mary Robinson and Valdis Birkavs, to support political reform in Ecuador and constitution-building in Bolivia, and test new ways to increase women’s power and protection in West Africa, Horn of Africa and the Andean region –eventually leading to gender mainstreaming of NATO’s New Strategic Concept: 2010–2020.

Previously, she conducted widely acclaimed research into the potential strengths and pitfalls of re-writing the Bolivian constitution (2004-2005) at the Bolivian Catholic University in La Paz, and held senior positions at United Cities and Local Governments and Médecins Sans Frontières. Her career began with the International Rescue Committee in northeastern Kenya for UNHCR’s cross-border operation in Somalia at the start of the crisis in the early 1990s.

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