Conference Themes


How can we use technology, arts and research for peace, towards transformation?

Build Peace 2016 is hosted by ICT4Peace Foundation and ETH Zürich, and made possible thanks to generous contributions of PeaceNexus and Alliance for Peacebuilding. The conference is organized by Build Up.

01 Political.A central question for many peacebuilders is the extent to which their work can enter politics or must remain impartial. Technology and arts affect political spaces, making this question all the more prescient for Build Peace.

02 Socio-cultural.Creating a critical mass for peace requires shifts across a society. The behaviors & cultural manifestations of individuals & groups must transform to support a new network of relationships on which peace can be built.

03 Ethics.Whether we engage in political or socio-cultural transformation to build peace, there are a set of values that guide how we go about our work. What are the ethics of transformation through technology, arts and research?

Read more about the conference themes here

Peace Through Technology: Towards Transformation

In 2014, we asked what technology could do in four areas: information, communications, networks and games. In 2015, we focused on by whom and for whom technology and arts are used to build peace, looking specifically at questions of empowerment, behavior change and impact. In 2016, we propose to ask why we use technology and arts to build peace.

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Friday September 9, 2016 (click sections to expand details)

14:00 – 16:00

Reviving peace journalism with 21st century technologies and social networksWorkshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room E11

Johan Galtung’s peace journalism seminal model, and the efforts invested in its implementation through traditional media (print, radio TV) in the last 50 years will be presented, evaluated and followed by discussion and case studies presentation on the promising impact that 21 st century communication technologies and social media can have in order to improve the model and its applications; and on threats to peace journalism by 21 st century communication technologies and social networks. Outputs include exchange of information and development of strategies for adapting peace journalism to 21 st century realities; warning of threats to PJ by newer technologies and social environments; academic and applied teaching and learning materials; publication of a first text (book, blog, report, monograph) based on workshop discussions and case-studies.

Facilitator: Dov Shinar (Hadassah Academic College)

14:00 – 18:00

Peace Startup Workshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room E39

Participants of this workshop will live the experience of being peace entrepreneurs and will learn tools and methodologies of peacebuilding through entrepreneurship, we will use technology as an important resource to learn more about low-income populations, geographical areas with low levels of coverage of basic needs, places under threat of armed conflict or where civil society coexists with several illegal actors, also we will imagine business opportunities and solutions for these populations. Specifically we will use data of the department of Choco (Colombia) through the use of PeaceStartup Map, we will think in solutions for this context and also analyse the potential of a similar process in other contexts.

Facilitator: Julián Ballesteros (Peace Startup)

More details here.

14:00 – 18:00

Peacegames Workshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C6

This game design workshop based on iterative design — a play based design process emphasizing playtesting and prototyping. We use this model specifically because it is not possible to fully anticipate play in advance, and it is never possible to completely predict the experience of a game. For peacebuilders interested in using games as a vehicle to achieve peacebuilding goals, they will need a clear understanding of underlying benefits and challenges of game development, and how to utilize fundamental game design concepts.

Facilitator: Jacob Lefton (Build Up)

More details here.

14:00 – 18:00

The Artist Within Workshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room D45

How would you design a political process if you acted with the creative confidence of an artist?

Peacebuilding is often criticized for its lack of measurable impact. In the highly volatile and complex environment of a divided society, standard procedures and linear planning systematically fail. One of the most important skills of effective peacebuilders today is an ability to break boundaries, move outside the established structures and enable creative action to transform realities on the spot. What this takes is clarity and creativity. Both are competences that can be acquired. It’s a matter of choice and practice.

In this workshop, we step out of the mental framework in which we operate as peacebuilders and take on the mindset of an artist. We immerse ourselves in a first-hand experience of the creative process and craft a peacebuilding process with creative confidence. We explore what it takes to invite unconventional ideas come to us. We look beyond our habitual perceptions of reality. We drop all expectations of outcomes and step into an unknown space. We create on the spot and deliberately experiment with failure. Our peacebuilding process becomes an object d’art that surprises us all.

Facilitator: Sibylle Stamm (Coaching for Troublemakers)

16:00 – 18:00

Yoga & Trauma Programming Workshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room E11

In this workshop we will discuss ways in which yoga and movement can be used as a complement to, and component of, existing peacebuilding programs to support community members dealing with the aftermath of conflict or other crises.

Facilitators: Samara Andrade (Feet on the Ground), Emily Pantalone (Feet on the Ground) & Nathalie Bittar (Blue Nile Lotus)

More details here.

18:00 – 19:15

City Walk

Starting at ETHzürich NO building Foyer C Level, ending at Street Food Festival at Güter Garten, Hohlstrasse 150, 8004 Zurich

Walking from point A to Point B can be a task, or it can be an experience. This depends on how you chose to see it, and what you chose to see. Join us in a short tour of un-learning and re-learning how to see.

19:00 – 21:00

Informal Welcome Gathering

Venue: Street Food Festival at Güter Garten, Hohlstrasse 150, 8004 Zurich

Saturday September 10, 2016 (click sections to expand details)

08:00 – 09:00

Coffee & Registration

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, Foyer C level

08:00 – 08:55

Morning yoga class

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room E11

This class is designed to energize your body, and bring calm focus to your mind through dynamic and creative sequences designed to get energy flowing and to connect the body, mind and breath. Leave feeling alert, refreshed, and energized to enjoy a day at the Build Peace conference.

Yoga mats and props will be provided, but it is recommended that you bring a change of comfortable clothes that allow you to freely move. The class will be during the coffee welcome hours and will end 15 minutes before the conference starts to allow time to change in the bathrooms.

Facilitators: Samara Andrade (Feet on the Ground), Emily Pantalone (Feet on the Ground) & Nathalie Bittar (Blue Nile Lotus)

More details here.

09:00 – 18:00

Technology Fair

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, Foyer C level

The Fair provides individuals and organisations the opportunity to showcase tools that have been or could be applied to the peacebuilding field. You will be able to visit the Fair throughout Saturday and Sunday. Click here for details of Fair stands.

9:00 – 10:00

Opening Remarks

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

10:00 – 10:45

What does transformation mean in peacebuilding? What does it mean in technology? Dialogue

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

A conversation between Bruno Siqueira and Diana Chigas about what transformation looks like in their experience.

Bruno Siqueira is a graduate of Computer Science from Universidade Federal Fluminense and has a Master’s Degree in software engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). At Pontifícia Universidade Católica he discovered his passion for agile methodologies (Scrum e Extreme Programming) and for the open source community. There, he worked in two laboratories: Tecgraf and Laboratório de Engenharia de Software (LES). He has worked for 12 years on system development and software management. He is the founder of the website Amizade Positiva – a social network focused on people living with chronic diseases, where they can exchange information with others living with the same condition. At Instituto Igarapé, he works as a software developer and analyst on a few different projects, including the Smart Policing, the Children Security Index and the Homicide Monitor.

Diana Chigas is Co-Director of collaborative learning at CDA and a Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. At CDA she works with governmental and non-governmental on systemic conflict analysis, strategic planning and reflection and evaluation to improve the impact of peace programming. Diana was a contributor to the recent OECD DAC guidelines on evaluation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and to guidance for DFID on guidance on evaluation of peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity. Her current focus includes understanding cumulative impacts of peacebuilding, understanding how business contributes to peace, and developing new instruments for evaluation of peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity. Prior to joining CDA, Diana worked as a facilitator, trainer and consultant in negotiation, dialogue and conflict resolution, at Conflict Management Group, a non-governmental organization founded by Harvard Law School Professor Roger Fisher (and now part of Mercy Corps). Her work included development of strategies, training and advice on preventive diplomacy in the OSCE, “track two” discussions in El Salvador, South Africa, Georgia/South Ossetia, and facilitation of inter-ethnic dialogue in Cyprus. Diana holds a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, Foyer C level

11:15 – 12:00

Political Transformation Short Talks

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

Short Talks are intended to present concrete projects that are in progress or completed. Presenters will speak for 5 minutes.

Mobile technology as a tool for peacebuilding: a case from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Narcisse Lokwa Mbunzama, Project Coordinator, Avonax Group
Looking at Dialogue: How Dialogue Mapping can Help Build Peace
Miguel Varela, Coordinator of the Dialogue Support Platform, mediatEUr
‘Streets of Belfast’ A case study in reclaiming historical narratives through app technology
Paula McFetridge, Artistic Director, Kabosh Theatre
Distrust and verify. Considerations for peacebuilders in the information age
Chris van der Walt, CEO, Factr

12:00 – 12:45

What can peacebuilders and technologists learn from each other about political and socio-cultural transformation? Dialogue

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

A conversation between Claudia Flores-Saviaga and Mariam Barandia about political and socio-cultural transformation in their experience.

Claudia Flores-Saviaga is a researcher at West Virginia University where she works at the HCI Crowdsourcing Lab and a research collaborator at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research focuses in Social Computing and Crowdsourcing designing systems that foster coordination of volunteers and empower communities to reach more complex goals. She also collaborates with the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) which promotes collaboration between graduate students (doctoral and masters) and senior researchers and practitioners. The network is funded by the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER). She has developed her career as an IT advisor for the government in Mexico where she has participated in the deployment of the national digital strategy at the local level to give internet access to rural areas.

Engr. Mariam Barandia was an integral part of setting up Kapamagogopa Inc. in 2004, and has been Executive Director ever since. She is a Licensed Civil Engineer and formerly a Chief Account Management Specialist at Landbank of the Philippines. She recently finished her masters in Sustainable Development Studies sponsored by Australian Aid under the Philippine Australia Human Resource and Organizational Facility. Mariam graduated as an Engineer from a prestigious university with a high grade. However, she soon discovered that when she applied for jobs as soon as the employers realized that she was a Muslim and from the Maranao tribe, they refused to employ her. So she never got the chance to work as an engineer. Then, after a successful career in banking, Mariam wanted to provide opportunities for Young Muslim graduates who were facing the same prejudices as she experienced. In 2004, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) began exploring ways to develop a Muslim national volunteering program. Mariam began developing a project with them which gave rise to KI later that year. She is a leading light in the promotion of national volunteering in the Southern Philippines. She is also a board member of several civil society organizations local and national working for peace in Mindanao.

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch & Regional Meet-ups

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, Foyer C level

13:15 – 14:00

Lunchbreak theatre intervention

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, C6

14:00 – 18:00

Build Peace Lab Short Talks

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

The Build Peace Lab offers presenters a chance to explain a concrete project that is at the idea or design stage. Presenters will speak for 10 minutes and then receive feedback / questions from the audience for 10 minutes.

Participatory vision of the future in Burundi
Jean Marie Ndihokubwayo, Build Peace Fellow
Building Bridges: connecting local peacebuilders in Myanmar through technology
Maude Morrison, Build Peace Fellow

Peacebuilding game for Sudanese youth
Wigdan Seed Ahmed, Media & Marketing Director, Sudanese Knowledge Society
SOLEs to build peace in Colombia’s post-conflict
Sanjay Fernandes, Director, Fundación SOLE Colombia

Learnings from the field: how promoting bystander intervention changed a tech initiative into an educational one into a policy one
Philip Urech, Project Lead, CrowdGuard
Circus for Social Change: Addressing Occupational Deprivation in Refugee Camps in Lesvos, Greece 2016
Jill Maglio, Occupational Therapist/Project Manager, Holistic Circus Therapy

Building Infrastructures of Peace through Technology in the North-west Pashtun areas of Pakistan
Saira Orakzai, Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Peshawar
Peace Through Voting
Ed Maklouf, Founder, Gather

14:00 – 16:00

Can technology enhance the quality of inclusive political negotiations? Workshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C44

This two-hour workshop would bring together researchers of political processes, practitioners involved in mediation/negotiation support at Track 1 and Track 2 levels, and technologists to assess the benefits and costs of using technology (communication tools) to increase participation in formal political processes. The objectives would be 1) to deepen understanding of how communication technology is affecting formal Track 1 or Track 2 negotiations and 2) to identify ground rules for responsible use of technology ‘in the room’ as well as outside it based on experiencing the dilemmas around the use of technology in formal negotiations.

The workshop will open with a facilitated dialogue to introduce the topic and share experience on the impact of communication technologies on the inclusiveness and quality of formal political dialogue.

Panelists include:
 Simon Yazgi, United Nations Department for Political Affairs
 Katia Papagianni, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva
 Andy Carl, independent advisor and founder of Conciliation Resources
 Mikko Patokallio, Crisis Management Initiative
 Vittoria Sacco, Academy of Journalism and Media, University of Neuchâtel
 Marguerite Meyer, journalist
 Arik Segal, conflict management and technology consultant

The dialogue will be followed by small group exercise to explore ground rules relating to the use of communication technology during a political process. Six groups will receive a briefing on a political negotiation and be assigned roles (the mediator and their support team, the two main parties, two civil society groups, and a media group). They will be asked to identify their communication strategy and suggest ground rules for the use of communication technologies for the parties in the negotiations and for those outside the room seeking to report on or influence the talks.

In a facilitated feedback session the groups will report back to the plenary. The following moderated discussion would seek to highlight the dilemmas related to inclusion and the use of communication technology in negotiation processes. Perhaps it might also generate some agreement on generalizable ground rules.

Facilitator: PeaceNexus Foundation and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

14:00 – 16:00

Health & Wellness for Peacebuilders Workshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room E11

In this workshop we will be exploring how yoga can be a powerful health and wellness tool for ourselves, and programs for our staff. We will explore a variety to tools, which can be used to combat stress, burnout, secondary trauma, transitions from high demand postings in conflict or post-conflict contexts.

Facilitators: Samara Andrade (Feet on the Ground), Emily Pantalone (Feet on the Ground) & Nathalie Bittar (Blue Nile Lotus)

More details here.

14:00 – 16:00

Ethical PeaceTech: How to Avoid an Ethical Minefield with your PeaceTech Intervention Workshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room D45

How can we be sure that when we’re trying to do good, we aren’t inadvertently doing harm? What does “do no harm” mean in practice? When we are planning or implementing a peacebuilding project that utilizes technology, what concrete steps do we need to take to make sure that our work doesn’t exacerbate or generate conflict? In this interactive workshop, participants will have the chance to apply a set of draft ethical guidelines specifically designed for peacebuilding practitioners who use technology in their work. Working together, we’ll tackle a case study of the Peace Superheroes digital game and all of the ethical questions it entails. We’ll review the draft guidelines, identify any gaps, and discuss best practices for their implementation. Participants will come away with a practical understanding of how to approach their project ethically and we’ll work together to improve a set of draft ethical guidelines.

Facilitators: Jennifer Easterday (JustPeace Labs) & Marianne Perez de Fransius (Sipala Labs)

More details and workshop registration here.

14:00 – 16:00

Methods of Art in Action Workshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C6

What can art do to increase wellbeing and contribute to peace building? How do artists use their skills to initiate dynamics of creation, action, identity building, and changes of existing conditions? We will answer these questions by providing an exemplary overview of how “artist work reality” and in what ways technology is used. Furthermore, based on Jatiwangi district’s current needs and interests (Java/Indonesia), we will immerse in creative exchanges of ideas and possibilities through interactive and hands-on activities. Currently, we are witnessing profound shifts in how art is understood, discussed, and practiced. The participants will receive informative and experimental insights to recent developments in the field of art and transformation processes.

Facilitators: Annemarie Bucher & Dominique Lämmli, FOA-FLUX & Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) , Ismal Muntaha, Jatiwangi art Factory

14:00 – 18:00

Co-designing for Build Peace Workshop

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room E39

Sharpen your design toolkit with this design workshop for peacebuilders. In this workshop, participants will use Build Peace as a platform to gain a hands-on understanding of codesign steps for defining questions/needs through community engagement, and developing solutions through prototype projects that directly address the conference attendees’ needs. The Build Peace conference will be the laboratory for learning, applying and testing the codesign process.

Facilitators: Jacob Lefton (Build Up), Henni Abitz ( Bauhaus University, Weimar) & Kate Mytty (MIT Research Associate and Instructor)

More details here.

16:00 – 18:00

Fire-side Chats Short Talks

Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C6

Fire-side chats are a series of interviews with selected conference participants carried out by an interviewer from the Build Peace organizing team. The chats are an opportunity to discuss a topic of relevance to the conference in greater depth. Questions from the audience will be welcomed! Interviewees include:

  • Craig Zelizer (Founder / CEO, PCDNetwork) on the struggles, successes and challenges of the online community world.
  • Arik Segal (CEO and Founder, Segal Conflict Management) on using social media for an Israeli-Arab online dialogue project.
  • Meghan Brown (Interpeace) on biometric voter registration in Somaliland.
  • Diana Weymar (Artist) on craft-based arts and activism, interwoven spaces and stories.
  • Beatrice Pembroke (Director Creative Economy, British Council) on peace, digital skills and the creative economy in Syria.
  • Ayan Kishore (Sr. Associate, Technology for Development, Creative Associates International) on how hackathons can help to build peace.
  • 16:00 – 18:00

    Learning to scribe: visualization as a practical tool for low-tech/low-literacy environments and beyond Workshop

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C44

    Pen and paper can be powerful peacebuilding tools – to involve participants with limited literacy equitably in consultation processes, to facilitate common understanding, or to easily document complex concepts. In this applied workshop, participants will learn the basics of graphic facilitation and graphic recording, explore some practical tools for process facilitation, and – most importantly – get a chance to experiment, develop their own drawing routine, and practice the acquired skills later in the conference.

    Facilitator: Claudia Meier (Global Public Policy Institute)

    16:00 – 18:00

    What roles will peacebuilding organisations play in the future? Workshop

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room E11

    How will geopolitical shifts, global trends and future technology affect the peacebuilding organisations of tomorrow? How may emerging trends change their relationships, shape their roles and influence their practice? And how can organisations adapt to these evolutions, and prepare for the future?

    Based on a number of factors that are likely to shape the global future, the Center for International Peace Operations has developed different scenarios to speculate about what peacebuilding in 2025 could look like. We would like to invite Build Peace ‘16 participants to envisage how some of these factors might affect civic initiatives for peace – both those led by global players and by local civil society organisations.

    Please join Marianne Henkel (International Civil Society Center), Tobias von Gienanth (Centre for International Peace Operations) and Lisa Ibscher (PeaceNexus Foundation) in leaping into the future: You will be exposed to different ideas about what the world might look like in the future, and develop a sense of what that means for civil society-led peacebuilding.

    Facilitator: PeaceNexus Foundation, the International Civil Society Centre, and Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze (ZIF)

    16:00 – 18:00

    Find the Behavior: Social and Behavioral Change Strategies in PeaceTech InterventionsWorkshop

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room D45

    Mobilizing a critical mass for peace requires strategy and tactics that bring many individuals together to act in one accord for peace. Social and behavioral change strategies and theories are not always present or prominent in peacebuilding interventions. With a focus on peace and technology, this workshop will include a presentation, facilitated discussion, and interactive training on human centered design modalities with a focus on social and behavior change strategies.

    Facilitators: Rachel Brown & Monica Curca

    More details and register in advance for this workshop.

    19:00 – LATE

    Reception

    Venue: Frau Gerold’s Garten, Geroldstrasse 23, 8005 Zürich

    For directions from ETH click here.

    Sunday September 11, 2016 (click sections to expand details)

    08:00 – 9:00

    Welcome Coffee

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, Foyer C level

    08:00 – 08:55

    Morning yoga class

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room E11

    Yoga Tune Up® Roll to Restore uses high grip rubber balls for self-massage trigger point therapy combined with focused movement designed to massage deeply into fascia and high tension areas. Great recovering for tired bodies, recovering from long airline flights and sleeping in unnatural positions.

    Yoga mats and props will be provided, but it is recommended that you bring a change of comfortable clothes that allow you to freely move. The class will be during the coffee welcome hours and will end 15 minutes before the conference starts to allow time to change in the bathrooms.

    Facilitators: Samara Andrade (Feet on the Ground), Emily Pantalone (Feet on the Ground) & Nathalie Bittar (Blue Nile Lotus)

    More details here.

    09:00 – 18:00

    Technology Fair

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, Foyer C level

    The Fair provides individuals and organisations the opportunity to showcase tools that have been or could be applied to the peacebuilding field. You will be able to visit the Fair throughout Saturday and Sunday. Click here for details of Fair stands.

    09:00 – 09:45

    What can peacebuilders and artists learn from each other about socio-cultural and political transformation? Dialogue

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

    A conversation between Ismal Muntaha and Fiona Mangan about how art can contribute to transformation in their experience.

    Ismal Muntaha studied journalism and communication at the Islamic University in Bandung (Indonesia). He is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher at Jatiwangi art Factory, also founder of the Sunday Screen Video Collective in Bandung. Currently Ismal Muntaha is initiating a Research Centre of Clay Culture with JaF. Munthaha’s work has been shown in many art spaces and festivals in Indonesia.

    Fiona Mangan is a senior program officer and is currently serving as USIP’s country representative in the Central African Republic. Her work centers on thematic research and programming on justice and security issues, transnational and serious crime, and prison reform. She previously worked at the Stimson Center where her research involved a multi-country study on the impact of police, justice, and corrections reform work in United Nations peace operations. She has also worked for the International Policy Division at the Irish Department of Justice, Independent Diplomat in New York, Lawyers Without Borders in Liberia, and the International Stability Operations Association in Washington. In addition to rule of law work, Fiona has served on international election observation missions for the Carter Center in South Sudan and for Progressio in Somaliland. She holds master’s degrees from Columbia University, and King’s College London, and a law degree from University College Dublin.

    09:45 – 10:30

    Socio-cultural Transformation Short Talks

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

    Short Talks are intended to present concrete projects that are in progress or completed. Presenters will speak for 5 minutes.

    Virtual Reality for Peacebuilding
    Nino Nanitashvili, Country Manager – Georgia, Elva Community Engagement
    Responding to Extremism in Online Spaces
    Renee Black, Executive Director, PeaceGeeks

    Artists Working Reality. Technologies.
    Dominique Lämmil, Co-director, FOA-FLUX
    Participatory Video – Mirror, magnet, lock and key
    Christopher Lunch, Co-director, InsightShare

    10:30 – 11:00

    Coffee Break

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, Foyer C level

    11:00 – 11:45

    What can peacebuilders in the Global North and South learn from each other about the ethics of peacetech? Dialogue

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

    A conversation between Diana Dajer and Jonathan Stray about the ethics of peacetech from their perspectives from the Global North and South.

    Diana Dajer is a Colombian lawyer specialized in administrative law, and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Oxford. She is currently a consultant at Purpose, where she provides assistance in the design and implementation of a project to support citizen participation in the Colombian peacemaking process with the use of technology, and a PhD candidate of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the interaction between citizen participation, technology and peacebuilding in Colombia, using participatory budgeting as case study. Peacebuilding is Diana’s biggest professional, academic and personal interest, and her career is rooted in Colombia and Latin America’s peacemaking and statebuilding efforts. She has worked in this area for the past seven years, in different projects involving human rights, transitional justice, international law, and political and civic participation. Diana is also a 2016 Build Peace Fellow.

    Jonathan Stray is a data scientist and a journalist who’s written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Foreign Policy and ProPublica. He teaches computational journalism at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and leads the Overview Project, an open source visualization system to help investigative journalists make sense of very large document sets. He was formerly the Interactive Technology Editor at the Associated Press, a freelance reporter in Hong Kong, and a graphics algorithm designer for Adobe Systems.

    11:45 – 12:30

    Ethics of Transformation Short Talks

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

    Short Talks are intended to present concrete projects that are in progress or completed. Presenters will speak for 5 minutes.

    Mobile Technology for Conflict Incidents Reporting: Data, Decisions and Response
    Josiah Mukoya, Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, Learning and Communication Team Leader, Pact Kenya
    Experiences of an Activist Photography – Using Photography for Peace
    Omer Malik, Founder, Tahafuz

    Games that bridge the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and beyond
    Justin Hefter, CEO, Bandura Games
    Synchronizing for Peace
    Michal Rinott, Founding Director, Kadar Center for Design and Technology

    12:30 – 13:00

    ETH Zürich Host Address: Towards a new paradigm of building peace in a complex world

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

    Prof. Dirk Helbing of ETH Zürich will deliver a talk that analyses conflicts from a complexity science perspective and underlines the cascading nature of conflicts. After identifying various factors triggering conflicts, new approaches of peace building will be discussed. The conclusion is that we can now create a new framework for world peace, which is compatible with pluralism and diversity – important preconditions for innovation, collective intelligence and societal resilience. These mechanisms will also reduce future resources shortages and climate change. A better future is ahead of us!

    13:00 – 14:00

    Lunch

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, Foyer C level

    14:00 – 16:00

    #peacehack results

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room D11

    #peacehack is a 36-hour hackathon where developers and designers will work in teams to come up with a prototype technology solution to a peacebuilding challenge. The Build Peace Fellows will pose three specific challenges related to their peacebuilding work from which hackers can choose. Challenge briefings will be available to registered hackers closer to the date.

    The #peacehack will start on Friday afternoon and run until Sunday at 2pm, when hacker teams will present their results. Judges will pick the best team and award a prize.

    Facilitators: Dan Marsh, International Alert

    Click here for more details and to apply to participate in the #peacehack.

    14:00 – 16:00

    Perceptions of Peace Workshop

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60

    This training session will aim to develop participants’ understanding and practical skills across a spectrum of applications and implications of using Big Data for peacebuilding initiatives to better engage civil society and local actors in particular to become key participants in these peacebuilding efforts through and with data. The workshop focuses on addressing gaps in knowledge and capacity for participation of all actors in conflict communities – nonprofit, civil society, government, academic, private sector etc. The workshop will include presentations on data literacy and data inclusion, data analysis techniques for measuring and monitoring perception, and break out sessions to dive deeper into relevant Big Data methodologies and tools related to perceptions of peace and security. Discussions will be focused around the impacts of data literacy for not only creating and measuring indicators of security and conflict but also for affecting citizen engagement, perception and dynamics of control in peacebuilding efforts.

    Facilitators: Emmanuel Letouzé & Andrés Clavijo (Data Pop Alliance)

    More details here.

    14:00 – 16:00

    Unconference! Workshops

    Venue: various, check the board

    Who is up for a two hour coffee break? We are! This Open Space/Unconference afternoon will provide a participant-driven, jointly organized space for anything we haven’t covered in the agenda; for deepening those interesting breakfast conversations; for asking the big questions that keep you up at night; and for finding allies to stage the next revolution in our field! We will develop the agenda for the Open Space together during the conference. Details on how to propose a session and what sessions are available will be announced in the plenary.

    16:00 – 16:30

    Coffee Break

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, Foyer C level

    16:30 – 18:00

    Closing Remarks

    Venue: ETHzürich NO building, room C60