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Smart Tools For Smart Power: Simulations and Serious Games for Peacebuilding, Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Event Reminder
July 16, 2009
The United States Institute of Peace reminds you about:

Smart Tools For Smart Power:
Simulations and Serious Games for Peacebuilding
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

An online event, hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace this Thursday, July 16th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm EDT.

Please join USIP's Center of Innovation for Science, Technology and Peacebuilding for a full-day multimedia showcase of state-of-the-art simulation and "serious gaming" tools that promise to transform the way that peacebuilding organizations train, plan and collaborate. Gain practical insights from a diverse range of innovators, including IBM, EBay, the Army War College, Lockheed Martin, and Second Life. The event features a keynote address from White House Deputy CTO Beth Noveck.

RSVP at to register for our live video stream and to participate in online discussion.

If you are in Washington DC, the space at USIP headquarters is now at capacity, but there may be additional seating available for the afternoon session. We will admit all afternoon-only attendees to our overflow rooms, but we cannot guarantee seating.

Sophisticated new technologies are transforming decision-making for corporations and militaries, but the organizations that seek to mitigate violent conflict have yet to take full advantage of cutting-edge simulations, analytics, serious games and other technology-enabled decision-support and collaboration tools.

This session will provide hands-on demonstrations of cutting-edge, best in class "serious games" and simulation tools, some with current application to conflict management and some to inspire new ideas for the peacebuilding community. You will see how governments, militaries, businesses and NGOs are applying the latest online and scenario-driven simulations and 3D virtual environments to sharpen decision-making skills and lay the foundation for more effective operations, negotiation, and cooperation.

Please join us, and be part of USIP's effort to help the peacebuilding community adapt these state-of-the-art tools to better prevent, manage, and resolve armed conflict.


* Morning session
o Beth Noveck, Keynote
Deputy Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
o Jason Dechant
Strategy, Forces and Resources Division, Institute for Defense Analyses
o Charlie Hargraves
3D Immersive Virtual Environment Program, Lockheed Martin
o Jon Wilkenfeld
Director, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland
o Steve York and Ivan Marovic
"A Force More Powerful," York Zimmerman

* Afternoon session
o Scott Sechser
Second Life, Linden Lab
o Col. Philip Evans
Director, Operations & Gaming Division, U.S. Army War College
o Skip Cole
Senior Program Officer, Education and Training Center, U.S. Institute of Peace
o Colin Rule
Director, Online Dispute Resolution, EBay
o Michael Martine
Director of Strategy & Planning, IBM
o Sheldon Himelfarb, Moderator
Associate Vice President, Center of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace
o Lisa Schirch, Moderator
Director, 3D Security Initiative, Eastern Mennonite University

This event is part of the Center's ongoing "Smart Tools for Smart Power" initiative to identify cutting-edge technologies that may enable peacebuilding organizations to better prevent and resolve violent conflict through data-driven decision-making, information sharing, analytics, and online collaboration.

If you would like more information about the initiative, please contact Joel Whitaker ( and Anand Varghese(

The "Smart Tools for Smart Power" initiative is led by the US Institute of Peace's Center of Innovation for Science, Technology and Peacebuilding, co-sponsored by USIP's Education and Training Center and Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations, in partnership with the 3D Security Initiative of Eastern Mennonite University and Lockheed Martin's Center for Innovation.

RSVP for the event at:
The live video stream will be available at

Media Inquiries: Please contact Lauren Sucher ( in USIP's Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.

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