July 8, 2011

Peace Through Technology

Sarah Palin on her beauty queen moment she said, "Free people that make up free country don't wage war on another free country.I want PEACE on earth".

Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity.

All of us want peace on this Earth and we have to do something to achieve this goal.Religion has always been a contentious issue in the country. And because 90 percent of the country’s population are Christians, while only 10 percent are Muslims, the majority has always associated the minority with terrorism and conflict. Conversely, younger Muslims admit that their elders have always taught them that the Christians are the enemy.

Fortunately, Robin Pettyfer came up with the decision that television reporting would provide him the best training for what he intended to do and finally, he launched PEACETECH on 2007. PEACETECH is one organization that aims to break this cycle of ignorance and misunderstanding, using technology as a tool to bridge young Filipino Christians and Muslims.

PeaceTech’s programs include the following: a) High-school classes in partnership with the Department of Education; b) Video conferences between Muslim and non-Muslim youth in Southeast Asia; c) PeaceTech’s youth movement called “PeaceTech Embassy;” d) Workshops and; e) the PeaceTech online community:www.peacetech.net .

PeaceTech recognizes the need to promote an understanding of the causes and consequences of conflicts in the Philippines and the common challenges young Filipinos face. Our goal is to build understanding among the youth throughout the Philippine archipelago.

PeaceTech is “process-focused,” not “issue-focused”. The specific issue that participants learn about is not as important as their coming together to learn about that issue!

The issue that we are currently focusing on is religious conflict. However, in the future we may embrace any issue, as long as it generates enough interest for people from different groups to want to come together.

PeaceTech’s main event is the mass video conference, which links thousands of people across large distances. These events give people the democratic opportunity to express, listen and unite over concerns about their future and their country’s future. They also expose participants to perspectives they otherwise might not hear. Through these mass-events, people discover what they have in common with people from other religious, ethnic and social groups.

The mass-video conference is likened to a talk show, the difference being that the audiences are linked in more than one venue through satellite or cable. The audiences are able to see and speak with one another through large video screens.

The mass-video conference is PeaceTech’s hallmark activity. But it is complemented by an array of programs, which include: classroom video conferences; high school classes; workshops; community projects and; an on-line community.

All activities reinforce each other and result in program sustainability.


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  2. Sarah Palin on her beauty queen moment she said, "Free people that make up free country don't wage war on another free country.I want PEACE on earth". Very well said, Ms.Palin. It'd be nicer if that gets done;-)


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