At Build Peace 2015, we asked participants to be careful with each other so they could be dangerous together. What we love most about the community that has emerged around the Build Peace conferences is this ethos of collaboration, rigor, and learning to better build peace through technology. In this spirit, we are delighted to announce the Build Peace Fellows program.
We are looking for exceptional individuals who want to work at the intersection of peacebuilding and technology. Fellowships are awarded to individuals to work on a peacebuilding intervention to which technology is central. Over a year, Fellows will receive a full package of support, including training, mentorship, technology support and a small grant. Applications are now open until February 1, 2016.
Maybe you’re wondering if this is just another innovation challenge. We know innovation challenges are popular these days, but we think the Build Peace Fellows program is different. Here’s why: we’re not interested in innovation, in the next new technology or the next new tool, what we’re looking for is robust, impactful and participatory peacebuilding. The reason we focus on technology is that we believe technology tools can be game-changers in peacebuilding processes. Why? Because technology allows more people to participate in a conversation. It makes it harder for decision-makers to ignore community voices. And it can be game-changing tool for grassroots initiatives.
If this vision resonates with you and you have an idea for an intervention that uses technology to build peace, then we want to hear from you! Keep in mind that the one-year Fellowship is just the beginning. Our vision is to create a community of Fellows who embody the values of the Build Peace community. The Fellowship will be an opportunity to develop and implement an intervention in one year. But we all know peacebuilding processes take a lot longer than that. The Fellowship is a way to start a long-term partnership: you will become part of the Build Peace community, and we hope to find ways that you can continue to contribute to and benefit from the Build Peace community long-term.
We’re ready to be dangerous together. Are you?