Thinking about the Future at Build Peace 2015 (by Tessa Finlev)

The future, and in particular our orientation to the future, has big implications for the things we do today. Futures thinking is a growing discipline for thinking systematically about possible futures so that we can make better decisions today, take advantage of future opportunities, manage future challenges before they become a crisis, and begin building the future we all want, today.

Before diving into futures thinking it’s helpful to understand how you and the people you are working with feel about the future. Is the world naturally moving in a positive or negative direction? Are you able to influence the future, and build the world you want? Asking these questions helps reveal individual and group assumptions about the process of change, and the kinds of solutions or processes that will be most effective.

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Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders & Build Peace 2016

The best entry in this year’s Tomorrow’s Peacebuilding competition that uses technology in an innovative way as part of their peacebuilding will win a scholarship to attend the ‘Build Peace 2016’ conference in Zurich, Switzerland, and become a Build Peace Fellow.

We are pleased to announce that the best entry to  this year’s Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition that uses technology in an innovative way as part of their peacebuilding will win a scholarship to attend the ‘Build Peace 2016’ conference as a Build Peace Fellow, benefiting from an opportunity to present their work and receive other support to use  technology to build peace. Full details of the Build Peace Fellowship will be announced in the Fall. Technology related entries will be assessed by the ‘Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders’ jury and the team at Build Peace to select the winner of this prize.

Build Peace brings together practitioners, activists,technologists and artists from around the world to share their experience and ideas on using technology for peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Read more about the conference here.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders is Peace Direct’s annual competition which recognises the very best emerging local peace organisations around the world. The three main prize winners will receive $10,000 and an invitation to the prize-winners’ event in London in December. The deadline for entries is 15 September 2015.

More information about the competition, and how to enter, is available here: http://www.peacedirect.org/tp/

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