PeaceGeeks is a nonprofit organization that builds digital tools to empower communities in the pursuit of peace.Technology has rendered individuals more powerful than ever. More than at any time in our lives before, digital tools like social media, bots, hacking and online misinformation are reshaping our world in ways that are unpredictable, unsettling and destabilizing. But technology also creates the potential for connection and good, when harnessed to expand civic response to global and emerging challenges.PeaceGeeks collaborates with communities to put technology tools and digital literacy in the hands of citizens, peacebuilders, human rights defenders and humanitarian responders. We’ve led projects that build safer and more stable societies, respond to humanitarian crises, connect displaced and conflict-affected communities, amplify discourse for peace, and share critical knowledge. At PeaceGeeks, we operate on the principle of inspiring local action to solve local problems, with a vision to make peace a lived reality for everyone.Founded in 2011, PeaceGeeks has grown from a grassroots volunteer group into a nonprofit leader in building technology for peace. In 2017, we became a Google.org Impact Challenge winner in Canada. We’re currently based in Vancouver, Canada and Amman, Jordan.
PeaceGeeks partners with community leaders and organizations to understand the challenges they are facing, and collaborates with these stakeholders to create tech-based solutions that strengthen their efforts for peace and humanitarian action. Our approach is always community-driven â€” we believe that when communities affected by conflict and displacement have the tools to lead change on the ground, we as a global community can collectively respond to some of the world’s biggest challenges.Since our inception in 2011, PeaceGeeks has managed more than 70 projects in 26 countries and engaged over 1,000 volunteers around the world. Today, our partners include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Criminal Court (ICC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps, Google, the Government of Canada, and the Province of British Columbia.While the technical aspects of our projects may be varied, all of our work touches on these areas of focus:Connecting Communities at RiskAmplifying Voices for PeaceStrengthening Access to JusticeEngaging Global Citizens