This online training course provides advanced-level skills to use social media and other technology as tools for peacebuilding. Participants from around the world will analyze the impact technology is having on democracy and conflict, and practice new skills to transform online violent extremism, hate, and disinformation with mid-level career professionals. The course will involve concise lectures, discussion and participant exercises to practice advanced skill sets. Participants will learn strategies for defusing hate and using counterspeech online, create video-based content to tell your peacebuilding stories online, develop peace memes you can use to promote your ideas and map the whole social media system so you can address its problems and harness its power for peace
This course is part of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University. Cost $495 with scholarships available. Also offered for academic credit.
Dr. Lisa Schirch is North American Research Director for the Toda Peace Institute where she directs a research program on “Social Media, Technology, and Peacebuilding.” She is a formal collaborator with the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab and the Alliance for Peacebuilding and holds an official advisory role with the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund in Geneva. A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch works alongside local colleagues in over 20 countries and on racial justice, Indigenous rights and digital media in North America. Dr. Schirch has written ten books on peacebuilding, including an edited volume on The Ecology of Violent Extremism. Read Lisa’s Congressional Testimony on The Roles of Non-military Programs Within a Comprehensive Preventive Approach to Terrorism and Insurgencies.