As a continued part of PCDN’s interview series with leading practitioners and scholars, we are pleased to announce that the Network will be doing an interview in March with Nick Martin, Cofounder and President of TechChange, a Washington, DC, based organization that is pioneering applications of modern technologies in the areas of humanitarian aid, development, and peacebuilding.
TechChange trains leaders to leverage relevant technologies for social change. It envisions a world where a highly-trained corps of creative and tech-savvy professionals can effectively and quickly respond to the most critical humanitarian, development and peacebuilding challenges of our time. The organization believes that 21st century social problems require 21st century training and pedagogy. TechChange delivers innovative and interactive courses on the role of technology in addressing social problems.
As with all our interviews, we would love for you to post questions that you would like us to ask Nick. We can't promise that all of them will be asked, but we will strive to integrate the most relevant ones. Once the interview is complete, we will post the entire interview on PCDN. Please post your questions directly in this discussion as a response.
Below, please find Nick’s bio!
Nick is the Co-founder and President of TechChange. As President, he oversees all strategy and programming for the organization. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with significant international peacebuilding and development expertise. He is an adjunct faculty member at American University, George Mason University, George Washington University and the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), and has given a number of guest lectures and speeches on the role of technology in peacebuilding, development and humanitarian work. Nick is the founder of two innovative and award-winning digital media and conflict transformation programs: DCPEACE and PeaceRooms. In 2009, Nick was selected as a Global Fellow by the International Youth Foundation and as a Washington DC Humanities Council Scholar for his leadership in launching the programs and his track record as a young social entrepreneur. Nick received his BA with honors from Swarthmore College and an MA in Peace Education from the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE).
Thanks Nick for making time to share your experiences and wisdom with PCDN. A few questions:
1) What do you think could be done to improve the role of technology in preventing conflicts?
2) What are some ethical challenges you face in your work?
3) What is the innovative nature of your business model?
4) Is there a digital divide in mobile technologies? If yes what is being done to address the issue?
5) What do you think are the most important skills for younger professionals to develop in this area to have a successful career?