The United States Institute of Peace invites you to:
SMART TOOLS FOR SMART POWER:
Simulations and Serious Games for Peacebuilding
At the United States Institute of Peace
1200 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 200036
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
USIP's Center of Innovation for Science, Technology and Peacebuilding hosted a full-day multimedia showcase of state-of-the-art simulation and "serious gaming" tools that promise to transform the way that peacebuilding organizations train, plan and collaborate. The "Smart Tools for Smart Power" event featured presentations from such innovators as IBM, the Army War College, EBay, Lockheed Martin, Second Life, and USIP's own Education and Training Center. U.S. Deputy CTO Beth Noveck presented the keynote address, in which she noted that the Obama administration sees "serious" games as an important, largely untapped way to enable innovation in government and civic engagement.
event also engaged more than 300 online participants from 24 countries
as varied as Kenya, Spain, Mauritania, Israel, and Brazil. Many of them
participated in an active parallel discussion and Q&A with
presenters, through chat and social networking platforms like Twitter,
where some 30 users discussed the event's proceedings throughout the
The event, conducted in collaboration with Lockheed Martin's Center of Innovation and Eastern Mennonite University's 3D Security Initiative, also marked the beginning of an unprecedented public-private innovation partnership. Going forward, USIP's "Smart Tools for Smart Power" initiative aims to help all organizations that seek to mitigate violent conflict take full advantage of the most cutting-edge simulations, analytics, serious games and other technology-enabled decision-support and collaboration tools.
Beth Noveck, Keynote
Deputy Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Strategy, Forces and Resources Division, Institute for Defense Analyses
3D Immersive Virtual Environment Program, Lockheed Martin
Director, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland
Steve York and Ivan Marovic
“A Force More Powerful,” York Zimmerman
Second Life, Linden Lab
Col. Philip Evans
Director, Operations & Gaming Division, U.S. Army War College
Senior Program Officer, Education and Training Center, U.S. Institute of Peace
Director, Online Dispute Resolution, EBay
Director of Strategy & Planning, IBM
Sheldon Himelfarb, Moderator
Associate Vice President, Center of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace
Lisa Schirch, Moderator
Director, 3D Security Initiative, Eastern Mennonite University
This event is part of the Center’s ongoing “Smart Tools for Smart Power” initiative to identify cutting-edge technologies that may enable peacebuilding organizations to better prevent and resolve violent conflict through data-driven decision-making, information sharing, analytics, and online collaboration.
The “Smart Tools for Smart Power” initiative is led by the US Institute of Peace’s Center of Innovation for Science, Technology and Peacebuilding, co-sponsored by USIP’s Education and Training Center and Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations, in partnership with the 3D Security Initiative of Eastern Mennonite University and Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation.
Media Inquiries: Please contact Lauren Sucher (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the USIP Office of Public Affairs and Communications.
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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is an independent, non-governmental organization providing professional support to electoral democracy. Through field work, applied research and advocacy, we strive to promote citizen participation, transparency, and accountability in political life and civil society
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.