Build it yourself: Welcome to the tech for citizen engagement challenge

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Filed under: Development Governance Peace and security Social innovation

It’s called the IKEA effect. You value something more when you’ve helped build it. Surely anyone who’s ever suffered through a harrowing afternoon assembling that pernickety SVÄRTA loft bed frame can recall the swell of pride and accomplishment after finally figuring it out. Might not a similar thing be the case when it comes to the various institutions of… Read more »

Peace, innovation and gamification: Can games help resolve social conflict?

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Peace and security Social innovation

Whether it’s pure entertainment, competition, or rewards, people are spending more and more hours playing games. As one of the fastest growing industries in 2013, it isn’t surprising to see many sectors looking at how to leverage this growing mass of gamers for good be it for disaster response, engagement of youth with mental health… Read more »

Youth ambassador project kick-starts in Romania (with great coffee & Count Dracula)


Filed under: Development Peace and security

Originally posted on The Peace Exchange blog What happens when you combine the talents of a soft-spoken teacher from Morocco, an experienced and incredibly knowledgeable activist from Romania, a sharp and witty young project coordinator and a fiercely passionate communications manager from Cyprus? The Youth Ambassadorship project is finally on the go – and the characteristically diverse… Read more »

Shared Words: a peacebuilding game in Cyprus


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Originally posted on the Peace Exchange blog 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3 Yes we are indeed counting down to launch the Shared Words language learning game. Well, not just yet but we are almost there! Shared Words project has been an interesting project and a starting point that has the potential to affect, motivate, and contribute to rapprochement between… Read more »