A DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE FOR PEACE
How might we prevent human suffering and shift humanity’s habit away from violent conflict towards the prevention of conflict?
March 3 – 10
April 3 – 5
May 11 – 15
March 3 – 10
April 3 – 5
May 11 – 15
Use existing methodologies and tools to move away from violent approaches to conflict by co-creating an inclusive protocol empowering anyone to connect, contribute, act and learn the skills to prevent violence.
Let’s create a groundswell of people from all walks of life who can take early action to prevent violent conflict!
It’s better to prevent conflict than trying to cure it. Yet our personal and institutional focus is on crisis response, rather than conflict prevention. Violent escalation is a preferred option for many parties. This loop is hard to break. Violence is still a business model.
Personal loop to break
The causes of violent behaviour run deep, rooted in our own personal approach to life: for each situation we have triggers and options to prevent or escalate. People are currently lacking abilities and skills, and effective methodologies to learn are not yet widespread.
Institutional loop to break
In the past years, international organizations, governments and NGOs have begun prioritizing conflict prevention instead of responding to crises.
Early signal, early warning and early action systems are suboptimal, as they can be exclusive, top-down, fragmented and used in a biased way, being vulnerable to manipulation. Sometimes the user cannot act based on the signal, as the action to take is unclear, too complicated, too high risk, or even too late. There is a big gap between the current systems and concrete action.
We need to approach this more holistically, including all the stakeholders involved in this challenge.
Generate a groundswell of people from all walks of life who believe that a world without war is possible and necessary. A community that is actively engaged in accelerating the change by understanding and acting to prevent violent conflict.
Each of us should be aware of early warning signs, feel responsible for the de-escalation of conflict, and be able to contribute to the resolution of violent conflict. There needs to be a shift in global culture away from the habit of violent conflict towards the prevention of human suffering.
A WINNING TEAM WILL...
Develop a solution that enables more people to manage conflicts non-violently at interpersonal and international levels through an ecosystem response, starting with the stakeholders of this challenge.
Move from current building blocks, policy and intentions towards a tangible technical protocol to support the prevention of violent conflict, demonstrating the opportunities for applications to be built and used on top.
For example, create a methodology for spreading already-developed conflict prevention skills, merging these with military skills for a holistic system.
Focus on developing everyone’s awareness of early signs of conflict and empower everyone to contribute and act after detecting early signs of conflict.
Create an incentive and adoption model for the protocol for anyone to participate in preventing conflict and (financially) supporting it.
Make usage easy, widely available and possible without putting the user at risk (privacy).
Approach violent conflict as a universal problem and focus the thinking and solution on personal and domestic as well as national and societal violent conflicts.
A holistic approach, bringing stakeholders, like Ministries of Defence and Business Plan for Peace together.
Dutch Ministry of Defence – Innovation Centre FRONT / Policy Team Conflict Prevention
Business Plan for Peace
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dutch Public Prosecution Office (OM)
WITH THE WINNER
The Ministry of Defence is committed to supporting the winning team in the future development of their product if their solution is relevant to the Ministry of Defence conflict prevention strategy. The support will depend on the team’s needs and ambitions as well as the strategic fit to the Ministry of Defence and Business Plan for Peace.
The challenge partners intend to extend the impact of the solution (far) beyond their own organizations, for the entire conflict prevention community and the greater good.
THIS CHALLENGE CONTRIBUTES TO SOLVING:
16.6. The solution will be contributing to developing effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
16.A. The solution will be contributing to strengthening relevant institutions as well as citizens to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
Diversity in interests, skills, background and approach.
Daring to let go of assumptions.
An open mind, open heart and open will.
UX-design qualities, as the solution must be very simple and elegant for all 7,000,000,000 of us to use.
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