A Personal Encounter with Paraguay’s Tech Progress


Deep in the “Chaco” of Paraguay where farmers live under two dollars a day, resides a budding entrepreneur named Alfonso Parada. “I took out a loan to start my farming business and with the profits I’ll send myself to …
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Social Media and Non-Violence: The Debate Heats Up at Georgetown


This past week, I had the valuable opportunity to step out of my usual role as a graduate student at Georgetown and instead, for one day, serve as a teacher/facilitator for a graduate seminar on non-violent conflict resolution. I …
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A look at World Bank’s Urgent Evoke: Reflections for Season 2


On March 3, 2010, the World Bank launched Urgent Evoke—an online video game designed to help individuals across the world develop innovative, creative solutions to the globe’s most pressing social problems while developing
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Al Jazeera and Others Visualizing Twitter and Unrest


Qatar-based Al Jazeera may be completely responsible for the lack of productivity amongst university students, in many different disciplines, all over the world. Walking through the halls of a local university you may hear, at any one …
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The end of ‘datagoraphobia’ – organizing event data spatially to support humanitarian relief and peacekeeping operations


Much of the event data that new technology is making available to practitioners contains geographic information, and to take advantage of this we need a way of thinking about geographic information in a predictive way.  Combining today’s post with …
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Women in Tech: Why the Future Looks Bright


Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, whose priority theme centers around “access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology,” according to this year’s Commission on the Status of Women
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Vittana: A Seed for Social Change


Vittana: No, it’s not a posture in yoga. Although, the social change it’s growing may surely prove something on which to meditate.

Integrating Multimedia into Adult Education: Is it Worth all the Trouble?


Multimedia can be a powerful tool for adult education. When used effectively it can captivate an audience, tug emotions, maintain attention, and contextualize scenario-based learning. But creating and producing quality content also has a number of drawbacks in terms …
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Exploring New Models for Education 2.0. “Applications of Technology for Peacebuilding” at American University


This past weekend Dr. Michael Gibbons and I taught a 20-hour graduate skills institute at American University’s School of International Service entitled Applications of Technology for Peacebuilding. Students came from a variety of AU programs, including …
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