After, we heard from Tim Receveur from PeaceTech Labs in Washington DC. They focus on technology in sustainable local initiatives. Instead of flying in experts from the West, for example, they collaborate with homegrown talent in areas such as the MENA region to build thriving ecosystems for peace and innovation.
For the action lab part of the day, we had a fruitful session of rapid prototyping peace innovations. Each group released a“campaign” on the theme of gender using already-existing communication tools. For example, one group is sharing Facebook statuses and likes to promote that their partner is doing something amazing today, one group is asking people to post photos of sharing coffee with a person from the opposite gender, another group is using Twitter to see how many women have been told “That’s a man’s job”, focussing on the military and technology sector. From five days of theory, to doing something very practical and public!