“Things undreamt of are daily being seen, the impossible is ever becoming possible. We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
The World Peace Through Technology Organization believes that there are many technologies being developed that can help foster peace between people and the rest of the planet.
Examples of Benevolent Technologies include:
Peace Software – tools and platforms that help to build peace between people. Tools that enable communication between people, transcending cultural, political, and religious differences. Tools that foster education and discussion, raising the awareness of our global interdependency. Programs that teach and connect, that celebrate diversity, and bring greater understanding. Peace software can be used to find common ground, share lessons learned, encourage collaboration and working together, and help to strengthen community.
Media Technology – information and entertainment that encourges people to come together and foster community, as well as educate and inspire. Art has the potential to bridge gaps and find common ground between anyone.
Communications Technology – tools that connect people and allow them to share ideas. This is especially useful in the field of mobile communications, radio, and the internet.
Compassion – an emotional and spiritual technology that enables you to understand others.
Stories – educational lessons that form the basic foundation of how we see the world and ourselves.
Games – games and exercises that teach cooperation over competition. We introduced a Peace Game at the 8th annual How Weird Street Faire, which encourages people to work together and rewards diversity.
Bicycle Power – human powered generation of electricity at events; a combination of mobile educational exhibit, fun cooperative experience, and clean source of energy. We hope to bring Bicycle Powered exhibits to the How Weird Street Faire.
Green Technology – technologies that provide clean energy or eliminate waste or detoxify water or any of the other countless needs in the world today.
While technology has allowed us to live more easily in the world, it has also enabled a rapid and negative affect on our communities and ecosystems. Conversely, there are technologies being developed that can reverse this trend. Technology is simply a tool that helps us turn our intentions into reality. The use depends on us, and what our intentions are. It’s time to make peace with ourselves and our environment!