During a recent Skype call with Tim Cianchi, Business Unit Lead at our long term collaborators Zühlke engineering, he commented that it feels good to put world peace on your time sheet. It’s rare that I’m ever inclined to blog about anything (our communications team would attest to this) but this really resonated with me – it is a fairly unique opportunity to be able to say that the work you do is contributing to building peace or the conditions for peace across the globe.
So it’s even more exciting when we can get other people involved and especially those who are affected by violent conflict or victims of hate and intolerance. This year as we embark on a new series of #peacehacks, focused on hacking hate speech, I’m particularly proud to be working with young people who want to use their experiences of hate and intolerance in their lives to help solve the problem. I’m also privileged to be working with organisations like Porter Novelli, who are doing some great work in sharing our #peacehack story, our friends at Build Up who we will hack with again this year and indeed Zühlke, who have been working alongside Microsoft to understand how we can use Big Data and sentiment analysis in our peacebuilding work.
Crucially, it means we have another chance to engage with the developers, designers, idea generators, mentors and previous peacehackers around the globe who bring such energy, understanding and creativity to our events.
And that is of course dear reader where you come in. You don’t have to be able to code to get involved with #peacehack. We’re always on the lookout for volunteers to help sign people in, take pictures or videos at the events, be another pair of hands or offer moral support during our marathon events. Even sharing this article would be great. Use the #peacehack form to get in touch and let us know how you’d like to help. And then you can add world peace to your time sheet too.