Never before has it been possible to record and measure real-time social behaviour. Today, we can increasingly use digital ‘footprints’ to map positive engagement between people; and it is possible to design technologies that encourage people to engage even more in positive behaviour. This can be done for example through mediating technologies that encourage alternative dialogues, develop positive contacts, and build trusted networks. Too little is done however to bring together IT and social science expertise for these technologies to emerge.

The Peace Innovation Lab The Hague brings together the local maker community, academia, public and private sector experts to develop concrete tools that can foster positive engagement in a specific local setting (for example The Hague’s Schilderswijk). In the long term, the Peace Innovation Lab aims to offer positive change as a profitable product, thereby stimulating global capital markets to (re)allocate investments towards these type of ‘peace ventures’.

The Peace Innovation Lab The Hague is part of a global network initiated by Stanford University. This way, the technologies that are being developed benefit from inspirations and lessons learned from all over the world. The Hague’s lab connects to a global peace maker community: think global, act local.

Our process is entirely agile and uses rapid prototyping methods: we benchmark at all levels through hands-on innovation skills and practices from across the globe. Quick turnaround, repeated user feedback and various levels of iteration ensures that prototypes develop fast, and can easily improve in co-creation with the stakeholders involved.

The Hague Team

Dr. Ulrich Mans

Centre for Innovation – Leiden University

Ulrich is responsible for research innovation at the the Centre for Innovation at the Campus The Hague. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Amsterdam and a MA in International Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen. Before joining the Centre for Innovation The Hague, Ulrich has worked for various organizations in the field of political transitions, including the International Crisis Group, the Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Life and Peace Institute in Khartoum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam.

Dr. Gideon Shimshon

Centre for Innovation – Leiden University

Gideon is responsible for the Centre for Innovation at the Campus The Hague. The Centre creates new forms of collaboration between science and society and facilitates university research and learning with new technologies. He manages a project portfolio on the edges of research, education and technology. He is motivated by his passion for learning and research innovation. Gideon worked as a management consultant and project manager at Accenture. He started his career in  Political Economy working at the World Bank on governance issues, subsequently setting up a foundation in serious gaming and simulations on international relations and conflict management.

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