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The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab: Designing Technology for a More Peaceful World

Sponsored by Continuing Studies


Thursday, February 1, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education
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There are many ways to measure violence, but until the last decade there weren’t any good ways to measure peace. However, as billions more sensors get embedded in our environment every year, and as those sensors become ever better at detecting human social behavior, we can now measure positive interactions between people in real time, all over the world. This is revolutionary, because it enables PeaceTech entrepreneurs to see and understand peaceful behavior between all sorts of groups like never before. That ability, in turn, allows us to design new technologies that promote peaceful interactions, and then validate or redesign these innovations based on empirical measurement. The results are world-changing, and provide the basis for a new theory of preventive defense and positive security. In this talk, Margarita Quihuis and Mark Nelson will offer an overview of these trends and a glimpse into the future. 

Margarita Quihuis, Co-Director, Stanford Peace Innovation Lab

Margarita Quihuis’s career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital, and entrepreneurship. She is a member of the research team at the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab and formerly the working group for the Stanford/Naval Postgraduate School/US Army Governance Innovation for Security and Development research project. Earlier, she was the first director of the technology incubator Astia, a venture capitalist, a Reuters Fellow at Stanford, and director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations. 

Mark Nelson, Co-Director, Stanford Peace Innovation Lab

Mark Nelson focuses on designing, catalyzing, incentivizing, and generating resources to scale up collective positive human behavior change. He leads the Global OPEN Social Sensor Array project, and designs technology interventions to measurably increase positive, mutually beneficial engagement across conflict boundaries. Nelson is also a researcher at the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab, where his projects include EPIC Global Challenge. He is a member of Stanford’s Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory.

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