This training session is designed to answer the question “What exactly is conflict early warning and early response?” The program goes through basic concepts, raises important questions, and addresses ethical challenges. This first session provides an overall introduction and will help you identify what role you can play in this initiative. Part II, Advanced Concept Training, will provide more of the “nuts and bolts” of how to engage effectively in conflict early warning and early response.
Dr. Joseph Bock, Director of the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw State University, specifically researches how technology can minimize or eliminate violence around the world. During the break between the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, Bock traveled to Greece as part of a Fulbright assignment to assist the Municipality of Athens with the refugee crisis. While there, he has been promoting education about the use of smartphones to optimize aid, identify potential violent situations early, and implement various violence prevention methods.