19 episodes

People like to define peace as the absence of conflict. But real peace is about how the world works together on a micro level: it comes down to how we interact with each other and our environment. Things neglected at a micro level scale up to cause some pretty scary issues: like climate change, poverty, and even outright war.

We're solving for X. Where X is everything from AI to business to urban planning and beyond.
If it exists, we're trying to find a way to build peace into it.

We’re done talking about the problems that plague the world, it’s time to find solutions.

Solve for X: Solutions that Spark Change PeaceX

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People like to define peace as the absence of conflict. But real peace is about how the world works together on a micro level: it comes down to how we interact with each other and our environment. Things neglected at a micro level scale up to cause some pretty scary issues: like climate change, poverty, and even outright war.

We're solving for X. Where X is everything from AI to business to urban planning and beyond.
If it exists, we're trying to find a way to build peace into it.

We’re done talking about the problems that plague the world, it’s time to find solutions.

    Social Justice as the Key to Climate Future with Futerra's Solitaire Townsend

    Social Justice as the Key to Climate Future with Futerra's Solitaire Townsend

    Welcome back to Solve for X! We sure do have a treat for you this week: a candid conversation on the intersectionality of climate justice with the one and only green entrepreneur and co-founder of Futerra: Solitaire Townsend.

    Tune into this episode for a moving take on the possibilities of multi-dimensional solutions in climate and social issues, and what you can do starting Monday morning to make a change.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Government Tech & Adaptability During Covid-19 with e.Republic's Dustin Haisler

    Government Tech & Adaptability During Covid-19 with e.Republic's Dustin Haisler

    Welcome back to the PeaceX series! This week we're catching up with Margarita's long-time friend and former partner-in-crime, Dustin Haisler, to reminisce about how a 19 year old kicked off a gov tech revolution in an itty bitty town in Texas and how a chance meeting at SXSW started a powerful collaboration. Dustin is currently the Chief Innovation Officer of e.Republic, the nations leading state and local government media and research firm. Dustin was formerly the Chief Information Officer and assistant city manager for the city of Manor, Texas. Dustin and Manor Labs were recognized by the White House Office of Innovation within the first 6 months of its launch—Manor Labs put Dustin and city of Manor on the map!
    In this episode, Dustin and Margarita discuss the necessity of gov tech for innovative problem solving in state and local governments. Dustin specifically touches on how government agencies are struggling with change management during a time where remote work has become increasingly abundant. Covid-19 has changed the playing field of previously face-to-face services, especially in the realm of government services. 
    They also dive into how we can create a government system that is open to experimenting for innovation. In Dustin's words, "innovation, when done right, isn't one person's job; it's everyone's job." For more on on incentivizing tech as a utilities infrastructure, the challenges of creating smart cities, innovation in the public sector, venture studios and so much more, tune into this enlightening episode!
    Check out Dustin's work here: https://www.dustinhaisler.com
    Connect with Dustin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dustinhaisler/ https://twitter.com/dustinhaisler
    Check out e.Republic here: https://www.erepublic.com
    More on gov tech here: https://www.govtech.com https://www.governing.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Positive Peace Impact of EncourageX with Founder James Brown

    The Positive Peace Impact of EncourageX with Founder James Brown

    Welcome back to the PeaceX series! If you're looking for some inspiring and positive vibes this week, you've come to the right place. In this discussion, Margarita sits down with EncourageX founder and chief encouragement officer, James Brown. EncourageX is a service that enables people to actively and intentionally improve their relationships through acts of encouragement. In this episode, JB gives us a bit of a high school anecdote that led him on the path of encouragement, the fear, uncertainty and doubt that can cloud our perspectives, and how we can act with intentionality in our relationships and every day life. For more on the power of running for freshman class president, using emotional training wheels, and going to school with Brad Pitt, tune in to this touching discussion with James Brown!
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    Check out EncourageX here: https://encouragex.com/encourage​
    Connect with James Brown here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesebro...​
    More information about the who, what, when, and how you can get involved here: https://www.peaceinnovation.com/​
    Add yourself to the Peace Innovation Network Bootcamp Waitlist Here: https://learn.peaceinnovation.com/boo​...
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    Podcast: https://solveforx.carrd.co​

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Webinar and Q&A with Rob Chesnut: Former Chief Ethics Officer of Airbnb | PeaceX

    Webinar and Q&A with Rob Chesnut: Former Chief Ethics Officer of Airbnb | PeaceX

    Welcome back to the PeaceX Series! If you missed out on our December webinar and Q&A with Rob Chesnut, don't fret—this episode will get you all caught up. In this live webinar, Margarita sits down with Rob Chesnut, author and former Chief Ethics Officer of Airbnb to discuss ethical frameworks and practice within Airbnb and businesses at large. Rob gives us some valuable insights on how to operate an ethical business through building honesty and integrity not only with your employees, but also with your customers and consumers. Rob and Margarita also discuss a plethora of examples of ethical and not-so-ethical interactions they have experienced in their professional lives. If running an ethical business is up your alley, stay tuned for some audience Q&A at the end of the webinar!
    Check out Rob Chesnut's Book, "Intentional Integrity" here: https://www.intentionalintegrity.com
    More on Rob Chesnut's work here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robchesnut/
    Add yourself to the Peace Innovation Network Bootcamp Waitlist Here: https://learn.peaceinnovation.com/boo...

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Harms Modeling for Ethical Technology & AI with Microsoft's Mira Lane

    Harms Modeling for Ethical Technology & AI with Microsoft's Mira Lane

    Welcome back to the PeaceX series! We're excited to kick off the new year with an extremely important discussion of tech ethics. In this episode, Margarita sits down with Partner Director of Ethics & Society within AI at Microsoft, Mira Lane. As Microsoft has matured into an ethical role, Mira started her ethics & society team in 2017, motivated by a sense of deep responsibility in the tech work that she is doing with Microsoft. Throughout this riveting conversation, Mira and Margarita discuss designing the future we want to live in through current ethical tech and business. They touch on the process of ethical auditing from the beginning of product development as an ingrained framework rather than an afterthought. Furthermore, Margarita adds her own take on ethics being shaped more by lived experiences rather than "hard" skills. Tune into this episode for more on Microsoft's Harms Modeling, community jury, peace data, and the fine line between utopian and dystopian futures. You won't want to miss this first episode of 2021!
    For more on Microsoft's Harms Modeling: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/guide/responsible-innovation/harms-modeling/
    For more on Mira Lane's professional work: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miralane/
    Connect with Mira on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mira_lane
    Connect with Mira on Instagram: https://instagram.com/miralane
     

    • 58 min
    Navigating Peace Tech and Diplomacy During Covid-19 with Karma Ekmekji

    Navigating Peace Tech and Diplomacy During Covid-19 with Karma Ekmekji

    Welcome back to the PeaceX Series! On this week's episode, Margarita sits down with mediation advisor and founder of Diplowomen, Karma Ekmekji. In this discussion, the two peace pioneers discuss the possibilities present at the intersection of diplomacy and peace tech. One of the burning questions brought up during their discussion is: how can we monetize peace in order to advertise it as more profitable than war? The incentive for peace and diplomacy only increases in importance as interpersonal connections decrease due to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in regions of the world such as the Middle East. Tune in for more on connectedness, the value of people, and the accessibility of products and services in this discussion with Karma!

    • 1 hr 10 min

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