As a peacebuilder (and I imagine if you are reading this, you have had the exact same feeling), some days are amazing: full of good news, motivation, hope and a powerful sensation that we are changing the world. Other days are harder . . . full of challenges, questions, and fears. I’m pretty sure that if you are using technology to build peace, you are living on some kind of a roller coaster.
Now I’m in the best part of that roller coaster! For the past two and a half weeks, I have been working at PeaceTech Lab as part of a Fellowship Program through the International Center for Journalists. These days have involved meeting inspiring people, learning new methodologies and tools, listening to the experiences of practitioners and “peace believers,” and having the opportunity to share my point of view based on my work in Colombia and Latin America.
I want to share three things to remember when the roller coaster goes down (and you should remember these too): (i) we are not alone, there are many people working in different parts of the world doing great things, it is important to share ideas and doubts, and to move forward together; (ii) there is more that just one path, different realities require different answers, and it is okay to look for inspiration and adapt some of the tools that already exist, but it is also valuable to discover new ways to build peace; (iii) love the challenge more that the solution, we are learning, we need to try, failures and successes are both important . . . “Peace is every step.”
- This text was originally published in PeaceTech Lab weekly roundup.
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