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Theme: Peace Innovation

Hayward, CA, United States
May 19th, 2011

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About this event

What is Peace Innovation? We define it as the application of social capital and technology used to decrease hostility, increase the existence of healthy interpersonal and international relationships, promote safety in matters of social or economic welfare, and further the acknowledgment of equality and fairness in political relationships.

Confirmed Speakers

  • VJ Um Amel
    VJ Um Amel is a media artist and critic whose practices include ambient visual projection, installation art, interactive media design, data visualization, and innovative research. In her live VJ performances, she explores the implications of places the identity of “mother” and a techno-feminist construct of “cyborg” within local and transnational expressions of “Arab.” She believes that a thriving art scene and digital literacy are keys to 21st century democratic practices. Her current projects include R-Shief, a nonprofit R&D organization that promotes procedural literacy by providing an open platform for a community of critical code and Middle East experts and activists to produce innovative research and scholarship. As a poet, she is published as Laila Shereen. She has co-founded spoken word and hip-hop collectives in Washington, D.C. In 2009, she was awarded the Jack Shaheen Media Scholarship by the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC). VJ Um Amel’s work has been exhibited and performed in international festivals, galleries, and museums. She holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and an M.F.A. in Digital Arts and New Media from University of California, Santa Cruz. For 2010-2011, she has been nominated as a Macarthur Foundation HASTAC scholar. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Cinematic Arts (Media Arts and Practice) at the University of Southern California where she was awarded an Annenberg Fellowship.
  • Dan Sapp
    Dan Sapp has been a thought leader in the business communications field for 20+ years. In 1997, he founded Dan Sapp Inc., and quickly gained a reputation for helping business leaders brand their leadership through communication. With a Masters in Clinical and Sport Psychology, Dan brings a unique perspective on what is required to connect people and drive business results. His clients include senior executives in industries ranging from AEC to financial services to technology, including the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, The Stanford Center on Longevity, Hellman and Friedman LLP, Farallon Capital, Mellon Capital Management, JMI Equity, SKYY Spirits, Silicon Valley Bank, CMEA Ventures, Nokia, Sundt Construction, and many others.
  • Emiliana Simon-Thomas
    Emiliana Simon-Thomas Ph.D. is the Associate Director and a Senior Scientist at CCARE, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford. She earned her doctorate and did post doctoral research at UC Berkeley examining the behaviors, affective properties, cognitive appraisals, and autonomic and neural signals associated with pro-social states like love of humanity and compassion. At CCARE, Emiliana is continuing to investigate the multifaceted properties of compassion, running studies that investigate the effects of compassion cultivation on health, well-being and psychosocial functions and organizing events around highlighting compassion science and promoting greater exchange and collaboration.
  • Enoch Choi
    Dr. Enoch Choi, MD is a daily blogger with 2 young children and a darling wife. He’s a full time Family Medicine physician practicing urgent care as a partner at Palo Alto Medical Foundation where he sees patients in clinic, as well as sees patients virtually online via a personal health record (PHR) enabling prescriptions, referrals, etc. He coordinates medical disaster relief missions through Jordan International Aid, most recently completing 9 trips to Haiti since the earthquake. He is an advisor to MedHelp.org. He has an active EHR consulting practice for clients such as Sutter Health, Epic Systems and Misys. His past EHR product management roles at Medicalogic enabled the company to go public. Enoch chairs the board of Yew Chung International School and serves on the boards of Jordan International Aid, Palo Alto Community Fund, Palo Alto Menlo Park Parents Club, Abundant Life Christian Fellowship Medical Ministry, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Medical Missions, and the Health2.0 conference. He volunteers his time as a Standing Member of an AHRQ HSR Study Section, and as a provider at the free Community Pregnancy Center of Mountain View. He has advised IDEO, IFTF, BVP, MDV, SToRM, and other venture firms.
  • Bobby Fishkin
    Mr. Fishkin is the Founder and CEO of Reframe It, Inc., a technology company that makes writing in the virtual margins of the web as easy as writing in the margins of a book, allowing large numbers of people to discuss online material. Mr. Fishkin founded this company after researching how Tolstoy, George Eliot, Charles Darwin, C.S.Lewis and e. e. cummings added marginalia in their personal copies of works by Shakespeare; he did this work while at Yale, working under the guidance of Harold Bloom. Mr. Fishkin has also served as a Special Advisor to Tomorrow’s Europe, a project of the European Commission in conjunction with the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford. He has worked as a social entrepreneur, conceiving and developing a project which turned under-utilized capacity into valuable educational resources for under-served communities. Bobby conceived and developed the ”Books for Teachers” program that has created more than 1000 classroom libraries for schools in Connecticut, Hawaii, and the state of Washington. Bobby also created a short-term project on haiti.com which got large numbers of volunteers to look for information after the Haiti earthquake and place reports on Ushahidi so that first responders would have an accurate map of challenges that needed a response. Mr. Fishkin is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College with a B.A. in Philosophy.
  • Daniel Martin
    Dan is an associate professor of Management at Cal State East Bay. Research areas include: Human Resource Management, racism and prejudice, social hierarchy maintenance, and religiosity/spirituality. Dan is also cofounder and Vice President of Alinea Group, and works with an array of private, public and non-profit organizations on HRM issues (Selection, Organizational Assessment, T/D). Dan holds a Ph.D. in Social/Industrial/Organizational psychology from Howard University. He is published in Human Organization, Personnel Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Ethics and Behavior, Equal Opportunities International, Management Research Review, Intelligence, Military Psychology, and Skeptic.
  • Neekaan Oshidary
    Neekaan Oshidary is an M.S. Candidate in Symbolic Systems at Stanford. As an undergraduate at Stanford he studied psychology with a focus in neuroscience. He did research in emotion and emotion regulation, as well as various forms of meditation based practices and therapies, and did a thesis in this domain. His focus of study now is how individuals can change their relationship with technology. Given the work of individuals like Sherry Turkle, Neekaan is interested in how we can regulate our relationship with technology in more healthy ways toward solitude and focus, and how designers can support people in this process. He especially enjoys running, reading, and studies in the humanities, especially in philosophy and religious studies. His biggest mentor in life is his brother.
  • Gretchen Reevy
    Gretchen M. Reevy received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1994 she has taught in the Department of Psychology at California State University, East Bay, specializing in personality, stress and coping, and psychological assessment courses. With Alan Monat and Richard S. Lazarus, she co-edited the Praeger Handbook on Stress and Coping. She is also author of the Encyclopedia of Emotion, with co-authors Yvette Malamud Ozer and Yuri Ito. With Erica Frydenberg, she co-edited the upcoming Personality, Stress, and Coping: Implications for Education. Her research interests are in personality, stress and coping, social support, emotion, and gender differences. In her free time Gretchen enjoys running and swimming and is interested in animal welfare.
  • Ben Rowswell
    Ben Rowswell is a Canadian diplomat with a specialization in statebuilding and stabilization. As Representative of Canada in Kandahar from 2009 to 2010 he directed the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, leading a team of more than 100 American and Canadian diplomats, aid workers, civilian police and other experts in strengthening the provincial government at the heart of the Afghan conflict. Having served before that as Deputy Head of Mission in Kabul, Rowswell brings a practitioner’s knowledge of Afghanistan and of statebuilding in general to the CDDRL. His previous conflict experience includes two years as Canada’s Chargé d’Affaires in Iraq between 2003 and 2005, and with the UN in Somalia in 1993. He has also served at the Canadian embassy in Egypt and the Permanent Mission to the UN, and as a foreign policy advisor to the federal Cabinet in Ottawa. An alumnus of the National Democratic Institute, he founded the Democracy Unit of the Canadian foreign ministry. Rowswell is a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the co-editor of “Iraq: Preventing a New Generation of Conflict” (2007). He studied international relations at Oxford and at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
  • MC: Margarita Quihuis
    A social entrepreneur and mentor capitalist, Margarita Quihuis’s career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital and entrepreneurship. Her accomplishments include directorship of Astia (formerly known as the Women’s Technology Cluster) where her portfolio companies raised $67 million in venture funding, venture capitalist, Reuters Fellow at Stanford, and Director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations. She is currently a member of the research team at Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab and directs the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab where she conducts research in Innovation, mass collaboration, persuasive technology & the potential of social networks to change society for the better. She was most recently Director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations, Inc. where she oversaw research efforts centered around discovering market opportunities from generational behavior (Millenials), cloud and mobile computing, emerging social technologies, crowdsourcing and open innovation. Her past efforts include access to development capital through the productive use of remittances in Mexico and developing and advising mobile banking companies that serve the needs of transnational workers and their families. In 2004, Women’s eNews named her as one of their ’21 Leaders for the 21st Century’ and was one of WITI’s Women to Watch in 2003. In 2007 she was named ‘One of The 100 Most Influential Latinos in Silicon Valley.’ In 2010 she was given the Latino Leaders Magazine Maestro Award for Latina Leadership and was admitted into the American Leadership Forum’s class of 2011. Ms Quihuis has served as a consultant to the US State Department on entrepreneurship. She has been widely quoted in the Asian Venture Capital Report, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, US News & World Report, Forbes ASAP, CNN and CBS MarketWatch. Ms. Quihuis sits on the boards of UnaMesa, Women’s eNews, and the James Burke Institute. She is a past board member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, and was a member of the screening and coaching committees for Springboard 2000, the venture capital conference for women and was part of the working group for the Business Women’s Initiative on AIDS.
  • Siobhan Nielland
    Siobhan Neilland, founder of OneMama, represents the heart of this organization. Passionate about making a difference in the world, Siobhan created OneMama to show those in need that they are loved and matter in this world. Inspired by a Ugandan midwife, Mama Jamira, Siobhan found her calling helping people in desperate conditions empower themselves to create change. As she worked to help Mama Jamira’s community, her vision blossomed into creating an organization that encompassed no limits, servicing impoverished communities worldwide. As a successful entrepreneur, Siobhan has taken her keen business sense and transmuted OneMama into a model that will create self- sustainability in each community it supports. No stranger to poverty and hardship, Siobhan uses her own losses to inspire change and teach the global community how to overcome obstacles to achieve a fulfilling life. “Fighting for my Joy”, is Siobhan’s lifelong motto. She want to make this a revolutionary social change. We can all find that little inscription in our heart to show that we can make a difference in the world.
  • Nishant Jacob
  • Andy & Simon Lee
  • Jessica Margolin
    Jessica Margolin is an Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur who has over 15 years experience helping communities and organizations align with their long-term sustainability and developmental goals. At HIP Investor and for other consulting clients she has evaluated publicly traded companies, and designed mechanisms for assessing hedge funds and artwork for their financial and social impact. While a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future, Jessica published Intangible Finance, a Perspective within the 2007 Ten-Year Forecast. At Ricoh Innovation Labs, she developed a mechanism for replicating successful non-profit organizations using intangible asset valuation. She has been involved as a social entrepreneur in startups such as Reframe It (social change), and the Groupery (education software), and has been a panelist and an active volunteer in the Social Capital Markets conferences and occasional editor at the Skoll Foundation’s SocialEdge comminity. Ms. Margolin has also co-founded Winged Pigs, an organization that help startups engage in implementing and measuring healthier organizational dynamics. She blogs on topics related to impact and measurement on her blog, Solvation. Ms. Margolin holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Organization and an MS in Materials Science in the area of nanotechnology, both from the University of Minnesota; and a BA in Physics from UC Berkeley.
  • Robin Low
    A self-described “social hub“, Robin is the founder Greenyarn LLC, a nanotechnology company manufacturing sustainable socks, fabric and apparel for environmentally conscious consumers. He is also the founder of xSandals, a social business commercializing sandals with interchangeable straps made by amputees in Indonesia. He is currently working on doing.gd a consolidate space for organizations and causes you care about. Robin does property development and is involved in the construction and real estate industry as well. Robin is an international entrepreneur who is involved in training, researching and consulting companies on the use of Social Media. Robin is currently helping in a Rediscover Rosarito media watch project on rebranding Baja California in a collaboration project with Emerson College and the Rosarito. Robin is also giving trainings to the Tourism industry in Sri Lanka and several companies around the world. Robin has been training companies on Social Media since 2008, and in 2009 did a comprehensive training for Aitken Spence Hotels and Aitken Spence Travels, the largest hotel chain in Sri Lanka, which has Luxury hotels in Maldives, India, Oman and Sri Lanka. Aitken Spence has since seen an increase in hotel occupancy, customer retention and Internet bookings.
  • James Houpis
    James Houpis is university provost and vice president of academic affairs for California State University, East Bay. Houpis was named dean and professor of geological and environmental sciences at CSU Chico in 2001, and from 2003-2007 was director of the university’s Bidwell Environmental Institute. Previously, he served as a professor of environmental sciences at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill., where he directed the Environmental Sciences Program from 1998-2001. Houpis received his bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences in 1978 and his doctorate in forest science in 1989 from UC Berkeley. He earned a master’s degree in biology in 1984 from San Diego State University. He was an environmental scientist and project leader in the Health and Ecological Sciences Division for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1986 to 1996. From 1991-1993, he was an adjunct professor in biological sciences at CSU Chico.
  • Ben Rowswell
    Ben Rowswell is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, where he is a leading leading a research project to support democracy activists in Egypt called www.cloudtostreet.org. As a Canadian diplomat he has specialized in the Arab and Muslim world. He served in the Political Section of the Canadian Embassy in Egypt from 1996 to 1998, as Chargé d’Affaires in Iraq from 2003 to 2005, and as Deputy Head of Mission in Kabul from 2008 to 2009. For his most recent assignment he served as Representative of Canada in Kandahar, leading a Provincial Reconstruction Team of more than 100 American and Canadian diplomats, aid workers, civilian police and other experts in strengthening the provincial government at the heart of the Afghan conflict. His thematic expertise is in peace-building and democracy promotion. A Senior Associate at the Center on Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, he is the co-editor of “Iraq: Preventing A New Generation of Conflict” (2007). He founded the Democracy Unit in Canada’s foreign ministry, and is an inaugural recipient of the Palmer Prize for Diplomats awarded by the Community of Democracies.
  • Jessica Margolin
    Jessica Margolin is an Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur who has over 15 years experience helping communities and organizations align with their long-term sustainability and developmental goals. At HIP Investor and for other consulting clients she has evaluated publicly traded companies, and designed mechanisms for assessing hedge funds and artwork for their financial and social impact. While a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future, Jessica published Intangible Finance, a Perspective within the 2007 Ten-Year Forecast. At Ricoh Innovation Labs, she developed a mechanism for replicating successful non-profit organizations using intangible asset valuation. She has been involved as a social entrepreneur in startups such as Reframe It (social change), and the Groupery (education software), and has been a panelist and an active volunteer in the Social Capital Markets conferences and occasional editor at the Skoll Foundation’s SocialEdge comminity. Ms. Margolin has also co-founded Winged Pigs, an organization that help startups engage in implementing and measuring healthier organizational dynamics. She blogs on topics related to impact and measurement on her blog, Solvation. Ms. Margolin holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Organization and an MS in Materials Science in the area of nanotechnology, both from the University of Minnesota; and a BA in Physics from UC Berkeley.

Venue and Details

Multipurpose Room
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA, 94542
United States

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