[This post was originally published on the Libyan Youth Voices blog.]
Libyan Youth Voices founders, Ayat Mneina and Ayman Grada, had the opportunity to attend the first year of the Build Peace Conference hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in Boston on April 5-6, 2014.
The goal of the conference was to bring together peace builders from the field to share their ideas and experiences using technology for peace building and conflict resolution.
The use of information and communication technologies was explored over the two-day program where practitioners, activists, and experts shared how games, networking platforms, and other tools were used to promote social cohesion, policy advocacy, and dialogue.Read more
Ayat Mneina participated in the Ignite Talk sessions gave a presentation about the Libyan Youth Voices and its aims to use technology to build bridges of understanding amongst young people and develop a platform from which they can speak freely about the concerns and issues they face in post-revolution Libya and how they can collectively forge a positive future.
Build Peace was particularly enlightening for LYV and we are happy to report that new collaborations and partnerships were born through the new network of peace builders cultivated.
This flowchart or #VizThink by Willow Burgh depicts the opening sessions of the conference as well as the Ignite Talks in which Libyan Youth Voices was featured.
Notable attendees at the conference included Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices and Director of the Centre for Civic Media at MIT whose insights on new media and technology to challenge mainstream media were of particular interest. Sanjana Hattotuwa of the ICT4Peace Foundation, Waidehi Gilbert-Gokhale of Soliya, and Asi Burak of Games for Change were also keynote speakers who shared fascinating experiences as peacebuilders.
Panels and breakout sessions allowed participants to delve deeper into various areas of peacebuilding including conflict analysis, designing and evaluating peacebuilding initiatives as well as challenges associated with the use of technology in conflict areas.
Participants had access to a wide array of resources and white papers. Of particular interest are available for download below:
Our participants thoroughly enjoyed this exciting event and look forward to next year’s Build Peace Conference! We are very grateful for the conference sponsors including the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the International Peace Institute (IPI) as well as the brilliant conference organizers at Build Peace and MIT who made our participation this year possible.