Powering PeaceTech is a call to action for next-generation peacebuilders: anyone with knowledge, resources, and commitment to putting the right tools into the right hands to prevent violence.
Advances in technology and innovative financing are transforming fields like healthcare, education and commerce. Yet conflict prevention and peacebuilding remain the job of government agencies and NGO’s with inadequate budgets and yesterday’s tech. Is it any wonder, then, that violent conflict is responsible for nearly all of today’s 65 million refugees, all four famine threats in the world, and 80% of humanitarian needs?
We have so many new tools and strategies that prevent violent conflict and promote peacebuilding – from instantaneous global communication and new capital markets to artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, professionalized conflict resolution and many more. The 2018 PeaceTech Summit will ask: Why aren’t we using them?
Against the backdrop of the Lincoln Memorial, an iconic and historic memorial to America’s own struggle for justice, tolerance, and peace, CEOs will confront cloud technology and conscience. Creatives and celebrities will connect to the causes they care about. Now is the time to expand the work of conflict prevention beyond the usual suspects, and begin to build a peacetech industry that creates jobs and saves lives.