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UN University for Peace (UPEACE) Short Course, Costa Rica, June 14-18

Course Description: The advent of new technologies has fundamentally changed the capacity for processing and exchanging information in the 21st century. NGOs, governments, and companies alike are just beginning to understand the potential that these tools and systems can have in analyzing and addressing a range of social problems. This dynamic one-week course will explore how technology is being used to transform conflicts, build more sophisticated statistical models, fight diseases, monitor elections, distribute food, design better economic development measures, and much more. It will also consider some of the key challenges related to access, implementation, scale, and evaluation that working with technology presents. The course is designed for professionals from both the private and public sectors to assist them in developing strategies and skills to benefit their organizations amid this rapidly evolving landscape. Participants can expect a hands-on and interactive learning environment with a variety of real world examples from organizations working in the field.

Dates: June 14-18, 2010.

Location: The UPEACE campus is situated on 600 acres of natural reserve in the mountains of Costa Rica.

Cost: For Credit - $956. For Training: $700. Cost does not include airfare or lodging.

Airfare: Continental, American Airlines, and USAir all fly to San Jose Costa Rica. Airfare from US ranges from $250-700.

Lodging:

* Corteza Amarilla: Built in a 4500 square meters property, and with a unique type of architecture mixing Art Nouveau, Deco, Baroque and some oriental influence, Corteza provides you a tropical atmosphere, surrounded by trees that bloom through the year and all the magic of well-lit and exotic gardens. www.cortezaamarillalodge.com/

* Homestays can be arranged for 100 dollars for the week

About the Professor: Nicholas C. Martin (USA)
Nick is the Executive Director of the U.S. Association for the University for Peace (UPEACE/US). Over the past few years he has worked closely with a number of organizations including the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, the Genocide Intervention Network (GI-NET), the United Nations Association for the United States (UNA-USA) and the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI). Nick holds a BA with honors from Swarthmore College and was recently selected as a 2009 Global Fellow by the International Youth Foundation for his track record as a young social entrepreneur. He passionate about ideas and projects that connect the fields of education, peacebuilding, technology, and global citizenship.

Apply today by filling out the online application form on the UPEACE website. www.upeace.org/academic/training/institute/form.cfm

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