Peace and Prevention: Like Two Peas in a Pod (by Jennifer Grove)

[This post was originally published on the NSVRC blog.]

“If you want peace, work for justice.” – Pope Paul VI

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Build Peace conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  The conference centered on the idea that we can harness technology for use in peace-building efforts around the world.  I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect.  I mean, building peace sounds awesome, does it not?  And harnessing the power of technology to bring about peace?  Super awesome.  And although I felt that the theme of the conference would fit well into my professional goal of learning more about using social media for prevention efforts, I really wasn’t certain exactly what I would gain from this conference.  But, based on the description alone, I felt confident it would be a good use of my time.  And I was pretty stoked to attend a conference that was a bit outside of the “sexual violence prevention” box (and where I had no workshop presentation or exhibiting responsibilities – let’s be honest here). So, off to Cambridge I went.

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