Peace Innovators

Creating a better world requires new ways of tackling old challenges. At Peace Innovators, USD's thought leaders share their stories about the impact they’re witnessing, the insights they're gleaning, and their ideas for bringing us closer to solving the world's most urgent challenges. 

Peace Innovators will return in 2021. In the meantime...

Meet the 2020 Peace Innovators

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Associate Professor, Kroc School Play Video
Building a Living Book
How technology can democratize knowledge, and what that means for all of us
Chell Roberts, Dean, School of Engineering Play Video
How Did I Get Here and Where Am I Going
A journey through engineering to peace
Jennifer Bradshaw, Program Officer Women PeaceMakers Play Video
Gender Equity: The Power of Crowds and Fearlessness
Crowd-accelerated innovations will help achieve gender equity in peacebuilding by 2030
JC Rivas Assistant Director, Changemaker Hub Play Video
Unpacking Changemaking: Here and Now
Inspirational stories of community-led changemaking through innovation
Paula Cordeiro, Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and Education, Kroc School Play Video
Edupreneurship: A Passport out of Poverty
What I discovered working with low-fee schools in Africa
Satyan Devadoss, Fletcher Jones Chair and Professor of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences Play Video
Touching Mathematics
Reimagining mathematics in the 21st century for human flourishing

Peace Innovators 2019

At the second annual Peace Innovators on March 14, 2019, the following six presenters shared their powerful stories and inspired the capacity audience in the Kroc School’s Theatre to heed Joan B. Kroc's words: "Don't just talk peace. Build peace."

Video recordings of their terrific presentations are below.

Maria Silva, Director, Neighborhood & Community Engaged Partnerships at the Mulvaney Center, Greg Prieto Assistant Professor, Sociology Play Video
UndocuAllies: Inclusion in an Age of Exclusion
In an era of profound political uncertainty for undocumented youth, institutions of higher education have a powerful role to play in providing support and inclusion. Watch here.
Professor of Practice Michael Fryer Play Video
Building Peace You May Never See
We architect our buildings to last for generations, and we should do the same with our visions for peace.
Priya Kannan-Narashimhan, Associate Professor of Management and Faculty Director of Torero Ventures Play Video
Innovate With Compassion
What can we do to include the lens of compassion when we think of innovations in business? Watch here
Andrew Blum, Executive Director, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Professor of Practice Play Video
The Facts of Change
In an allegedly post-truth world, what role do facts have in creating change? Watch here.
Gordon Hoople, Assistant Professor, Integrated Engineering Play Video
Social + Technical = Peace
To promote peace, we must take a holistic approach which recognizes that social and technical are inextricably linked. Watch here.