Grassroots Peacebuilding in Colombia with Social Labs (Grades 10-12, and undergraduates)

June 15, 2020
DESCRIPTION: In this session, we will learn some of the methods and practices of peacebuilding and social innovation by exploring our Social Lab experience with youth in Medellin, Colombia. We will see how a group of community members came together to transform the problem of youth violence in some of Medellin’s marginalized neighborhoods. We will explore how the science of peacebuilding is useful to identify deep-rooted social problems and how to transform them. Students will have the opportunity to share their concerns and ideas about the social problems around them, and collectively we will co-design possible solutions.

Presenter: Joan C. Lopez, Program Manager of the Youth, Peace and Security Program, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), Earth Institute


1. Youth Leaders and the Arts - Expand your understanding of peacebuilding through a community arts project.

2. Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security - Learn about the unique and effective peacebuilding initiatives by and for youth in the city of MedellĂ­n, Colombia.