Technology and Peace: UPeace offers new course

The United Nations University for Peace is offering an exciting new course called, Technology and Peace. The course is being taught by AshokaPeace’s Nick Martin. The course will teach how technology is currently shaping the peace-building and conflict management process. It will also explore the potential that technology has for peace.

Here is the course description:

“Course Description: The advent of new technologies has fundamentally changed the capacity for processing and exchanging information in the 21st century. NGOs and governments, and companies alike are just beginning to understand the potential that these tools and systems can have in analyzing and addressing a range of social problems. This dynamic one-week course will explore how technology is being used to transform conflicts, build more sophisticated statistical models, fight diseases, monitor elections, distribute food, design better economic development measures, and much more. It will also consider some of the key challenges related to access, implementation, scale, and evaluation that working with technology presents. The course is designed for professionals from both the private and public sectors to assist them in developing strategies and skills to benefit their organization amid this rapidly evolving landscape. Participants can expect a hands-on and interactive learning environment with a variety of real world examples from organizations working in the field.”

I hope that this course will be put up online for free for people to learn from, share and contribute to–which is, of course, in the spirit of what technology allows us to do. While there is a lot of resources out there on the peace-building process it requires careful curation of the educational content. When an organization or individual approaches a conflict that needs mediation and a peace-building process, it would be beneficial if they had the credentials and knowledge of how to deal with the conflict from an accredited institution. By institutionalizing the educational content of peace-building and conflict management, careful academic consideration can be applied to the curriculum.

Check out this slightly outdated video on the United Nations University for Peace:

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For more information, please visit their website at: http://upeace.org

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