Current Projects

City Lab Network

The Peace Innovation Lab is becoming a Peace Innovation Field Lab Network with sites around the world.  Interested in launching your own Peace Innovation Lab?  Contact us.

The Hague Peace Data Standard

Building on work and insights found from Peace Dot, our goal is to create a common protocol for measuring peace “Touches” across social networking and other sites that have relevant data on social connectivity.

See also CS50 Peace Data Standard

Game Design Thinking Research Group

We study the intersection of game design (as a science), behavior design, and design thinking. Game Design Thinking is not about programming apps or adding gamification badges. Game Design Thinking draws on game design, narrative design, psychology and neuroscience.

Pax Exchange

Pax Exchange is a joint initiative by the Innogy Innovation Hub and the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford.

Pax Exchange is a catalyst for positive social engagement

With Pax Exchange, we create a marketplace where we bring together leading tech companies, city officials and social entrepreneurs to find smarter and cheaper solutions to increase positive engagement.

Peace Entrepreneurs In Residence

The Peace innovation lab at Stanford is seeking Peace Entrepreneurs in Residence who can

  1. Support the lab’s mission to create technology-mediated interventions that reduce negative engagement and/or increase positive engagement across a defined conflict boundary.

  2. Bring industry skills and resources to increase the impact and effectiveness of the Lab’s various project efforts.

We Currently accept applications for our Spring Cohort. Our previous incubator projects include Ronny Edry’s Israel Loves Iran campaign and Rehman Ilya’s Romancing the Border campaign, Gerard Rego’s food security startup, Aggrigator and James Ehrlich’s ReGen Villages.

Past Projects

Getting to Trust in Conflict Environments pop up course, Fall 2014
Trust in institutions, corporations, brands and governments are at an all time low. From Ferguson to Afghanistan, the lack of trust affects the social fabric, peace, human rights, justice and the economy. Before people can engage with each other in civil, productive or economic ways they must feel that it is safe to trust in the system.

Governance Innovation for Security and Development

Governance Innovation for Security and Development (GISD) is a collaborative project that seeks solutions to the challenges of supporting governance in the context of intense conflict and low development.

GISD aims to develop a framework to utilize stable governance—provision of essential services, political moderation and accountability, stewardship of state resources, and civic participation and empowerment—as a means to promote both peace and standards of living.  In doing so, GISD will also draw from a wide breadth of the international development community, including scholars and practitioners, and develop improved analytical methodologies and technological tools toward the study and promotion of governance.

Peace Innovation Course

Offered spring quarter 2008, the course goal was to learn how to invent peace, and then to create resources for others to do the same. Students worked in small teams to run peace innovation trials with Web 2.0 technology. For example, how can YouTube be used to promote greater harmony? How about Flickr? or Google Maps.

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Peace Dot

Launched in October 2009, PeaceDot’s goal is 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.  So far, over 50 sites ranging from Facebook to the Dalai Lama FoundationSourceForge to CouchSurfing, in multiple languages have created peace dot pages around the world.

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Manor Labs – an experiment in mass participation civic engagement

Manor Labs is a study in how technology can condition citizens toward more active participation in identifying, prioritizing and solving local community problems.  The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab partnered with the City of Manor, Texas, population 6500, to explore the use of persuasive social and mobile technologies to increase constructive collaboration and participation between citizens and local government. Since inception, the City of Manor has received input from over 800 participants on their ideation platform, evaluated 80 ideas and implemented 5.  In addition, the City of Manor has become a recognized leader for municipal innovation in the United States.

Relief 2.0 – community- based disaster response and relief

In Relief 2.0  we take an inside look of an emergent phenomenon – Agile Crisis Response made possible by social and mobile technologies and the resultant crowdsourced efforts that allowed people to remotely provide tangible assistance in disaster relief and recovery through crowdsourced mapping, victim identification, family reunification, logistics and mobile medical records collection.  Our empirical research has included field assistance in Haiti, the Haiti Relief 2.0 conference at Stanford, and the coordination of CrisisCamp Chile for the Chilean earthquake and the Entrepreneurial Relief and Disaster Recovery @ CrisisCamp Stanford event.

ResilientAfrica Network

USAID is supporting Makerere University, Tulane University and Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy and  Stanford Peace Innovation Lab in the implementation of ResilientAfrica Networkan international partnership that will apply science and technology to improve the resilience of African communities against natural and political stresses. ResilientAfrica will unite 20 African universities in 16 countries, representing over 300,000 students and faculty members, to form a network to empower African communities.

Stanford Peace Innovation Lab will provide support in the creation of both the Resilience Innovation Labs and the on-line course development for ResilientAfrica.  More info on Stanford’s participation at

TEDxHayward  May 19 2011

The theme for TEDxHayward 2011 is Peace Innovation where we cast a spotlight on how technology and emerging social behaviors and insights are promoting new paths to global peace.

View all off the TEDxHayward 2011 videos


In partnership with Freeman Spogli Institute’s Liberation Technologies program,  the Cloud to Street project aimed to contribute the expertise and networks its members have developed in the fields of international politics and diplomacy, democracy promotion and communications to ensure that the networked power of Egyptian activists wields as much influence in offline political processes as they do online.

HackforEgypt Unconference and Hackathon

On May 14, 2011 programmers and engineers gathered at Stanford University to meet with Egyptian activists and discuss applications that could help their cause. Our aim was to build a community that bridges Tahrir Square and Silicon Valley to show what activists equipped with digital tools can achieve.  Activists and programmers submitted and vetted technology projects and converged on four projects for implementation.

EPIC Global Challenge

EPIC Challenge is a multidisciplinary research collaboration launched by a team from Stanford’s Persuasive Technology and Peace Innovation Labs. The Earth-wide Peace Innovation Collaboration Challenge (aka EPIC Challenge) is an open innovation process designed to measurably reduce “wicked problems.”