Interdisciplinary Inquiry

New iPad app available for Conflict Resolution Education

08/29/2012

Conflict resolution education (CRE) is a key component of social transformation. The Conflict Resolution Education Connection is a web site devoted to the promotion of CRE throughout the world. Creducation.org webmaster Bill Warters has developed a new iPad App that provides a great way to browse the field of conflict resolution in education and find ideas for instruction and training activities.

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UNDP: Access to technology can help prevent violent conflicts

08/16/2012

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) website features a post by Ozonnia Ojeilo describing the way that mobile phones, social media and other web-based resources have been used to disseminate warnings about potential violence in troubled hot-spots, facilitate rapid responses to emerging conflicts, analyze trends and inform better programming.

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Food insecurity - how do the world's countries compare?

08/03/2012

In the last 10 years, global food prices have risen twice as fast as inflation, according to the World Bank. An estimated 44 million people crossed the poverty line during the food price spikes of 2008, as riots occurred around the globe. Food insecurity is upon us again, as prices continue to rise sharply.

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Report: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring

07/31/2012

A report from the United States Institute of Peace’s Centers of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding, analyzes the role of social media in the Arab Spring protests of 2011–12. The report, Blogs and Bullets II: New Media and Conflict After the Arab Spring builds on a previous report, published in 2010 by USIP Press, titled Blogs and Bullets: New Media in Contentious Politics, and applies its five-level framework for studying and understanding the role of new media in political movements.

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Open data and digital mapping used for promoting justice initiatives

07/28/2012

New technologies are making it easier to publish and share data. In turn, data can be used to create interactive maps, depicting crises in real time. SahelResponse.org is one example of this. When a food crisis ramps up, donors and humanitarian organizations must move fast to respond, typically involving coordinating information across working groups, situation reports, and informal networks.

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New guide on tweeting for peace and social change

07/23/2012

The Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) has posted A Guide to Tweeting for Peace and Social Change - a helpful resource for those using social media for transformative social change. Since its founding in 2006, Twitter has rapidly grown to be one of the most powerful online platforms for connecting hundreds of millions of individuals and organizations around the world.  

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New brief published on business and human rights by the Center for Sustainable Economies

07/18/2012

The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) has just released a report called Business and Human Rights: An Issue whose time has come. USIP’s Center for Sustainable Economies hosts a taskforce on business and peace, which explores creative and effective ways in which the corporate sector could avoid fomenting conflict while being aware of actions that could promote peace.

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July 6 - Celebrate the Shift Network's 'Nonviolence Friday' of the Summer of Peace

07/06/2012

The goal of the Summer of Peace 2012 is to activate the largest global commitment to peace in one season in the history of humankind. The Summer of Peace 2012 is produced by The Shift Network in partnership with Pathways to Peace, Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI), The Peace Alliance, PeaceDayTV, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Gaiafield Project, International Cities of Peace and Push4Peace, along with numerous co-sponsors. Together, the goal is to mobilize grassroots participation of people worldwide to accelerate humanity’s shift to a culture of peace.

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New Social Media Site Launched for Activists

07/02/2012

Lokashakti, a nonprofit organization based in New York City, is dedicated to promoting peace and social justice through collective nonviolent action. Lokashakti recently announced the launch of a new social media site for activists, the Lokashakti Peace & Social Justice Network. Unlike other social media, the Lokashakti Network is noncommercial and exists mainly to facilitate real-world activism, embodying the phrase, “Think globally, act locally.”  

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New PeaceTXT project aims to use mobile technology to end violence

06/25/2012

 A good leader initiates and encourages peace and development among all people and is not tribal. (SMS sent to 10,000 Kenyan mobile users)

An exciting new initiative leverages mobile technology for peace and conflict prevention. Initially annouced last year, PeaceTXT is now being deployed in Kenya. Ultimately the messages will be created an distributed by local communities, based on the issues faced by the people themselves.

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