Peace Innovators

At the inaugural Peace Innovators event in 2018, five Kroc School thought leaders took the stage to share their ideas, lessons, and stories about peace with hundreds of Changemakers. 

Their research and remarks continue to serve as a reflection of the Kroc School’s commitment to train professionals of peace and call a community to action in the name of shaping a better world.

Read the 2018 Recap
Peace Innovators will return in 2019, and we look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, re-live the experience through the videos below, and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on news and events like this from the Kroc School. 

Peace Innovators will return in 2019. Date and presenters to be announced.

Re-live the 2018 Peace Innovators Experience

View the full presentation:


Peace at the University

Patricia Márquez

Dean, Kroc School of Peace Studies

Patricia Márquez speaks on peace education and its importance as an academic school in order to help all of us to better co-exist with an ever-rising population.

Learning With…

Andrew Blum

Executive Director, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Andy Blum shares how communities and countries can combine their resources and expertise to work together and help diffuse societal ills such as violence, hunger, poverty and more.

It's Time for Politicians to be Better Followers

Jennifer Freeman

Associate Director for the PeaceMakers Programs

Jennifer Freeman shares when and how changemaking leadership emerges. When our world faces significant global challenges, we are the ones we have been waiting for.

Transcending the Border with Anchors, Not Parachutes

Everard Meade

Director, Trans-Border Institute

Ev Meade explores how universities can help to build peace in places beset by violence and shrouded in fear, only if we learn to see ourselves as anchors, rather than parachutes.

Why Drones Need Our Better Angels

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Assistant Professor

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick discusses the rise in the popularity of drones, but with a plea for their use and effectiveness to be done so with the best of intentions.

Resisting the New Tribalism

Necla Tschirgi

Associate Dean and Distinguished Professor

Necla Tschirgi video

Necla Tschirgi pleas for a pluralistic world where 7.6 billion people need to find ways to co-exist peacefully without reverting back to the comfort of group identity and the security of the tribe — whether based on religion, language, ethnicity, nationality or class.

Education with a Purpose

Amit Kakkad

Director of USD's Center for Peace and Commerce

Amit Kakkad examines how universities can be instrumental in our quest to find lasting solutions to the most chronic social and environmental challenges faced by humanity.

Spirituality for the Peacebuilder

Bill Headley

Professor and Kroc School Founding Dean

Bill Headley draws on work with a relief and development agency during the 2004 Asiatic Tsunami. He speaks of a need for spirituality in peacebuilding during violent and traumatic situations.

Saying Yes to the Life You Never Thought Possible

Karen Henken

Professor of Practice

Karen Henken shares how to embrace unexpected opportunities and the twists and turns that led her to create the career and life she never imagined.

Fear, Conflict, and the Power of Non-Defensiveness

Ami Carpenter

Associate Professor

Ami Caprenter shares stories of how ordinary people stood their ground against armed groups from Baghdad to San Diego, and why they succeeded.

What to Expect from Peace Innovators 2019

At the next Peace Innovators event, Kroc School faculty and administrators will once again inspire you with their perspectives on peace and how each of us can achieve it more effectively, locally and internationally.

Until then, if you’re seeking out insight and opportunities related to peace, join the Kroc School mailing list to stay informed about the news, stories and events that are inspiring peace innovation in San Diego and beyond.

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