"When Silicon Valley Meets Purpose: Big Data for Peace and Justice," with Ulrich Mans

Sep. 15, 2016, 12:15 p.m.

The Batten Global Policy Center present Dr. Ulrich Mans, from the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University. Ulrich has a background in conflict studies; he holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Amsterdam and a MA in International Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen. Before joining the Centre for Innovation in The Hague, Ulrich has worked for 10 years for various organizations in the field of political transitions, including the International Crisis Group, the Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Life and Peace Institute in Khartoum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam.  

His talk, “When Silicon Valley Meets Purpose: Big Data for Peace and Justice,” will explore the use of design thinking to solve matters of war and peace and other topics. Today, ending violent conflicts and building peace calls for an in-depth understanding of new data streams. With the Data Revolution, we need to find new ways in order to design and build data-driven methodologies that support peace processes across the globe. Ulrich will present an overview of recent data-related trends in the peace, justice and humanitarian sector. How do organisations in the sector adapt to the needs of a digital world? He will explain the underlying concepts of data-driven innovation and the required innovation processes, giving examples of innovation projects with partners ranging from United Nations to small entrepreneurial NGOs.

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