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Innovative ideas which support peace and reconciliation in the Province of Guaviare

Not long ago it was unthinkable that former FARC combatants, foreign citizens, college students and inhabitants of the areas impacted by the armed conflict, could cohabit and work together.

The International Development Design Summit (IDDS) made this possible when for the first time members of the aforementioned group met for a collective peacebuilding process, near the rural settlement of Las Colinas, in the Province of Guaviare.

For 16 days, more than 60 people cohabitated in the Jaime Pardo Leal Reincorporation and Training Territorial Area (ETCR, for its Spanish acronym) with the purpose of building low-cost technology prototypes to respond to specific needs of the territory.

There were people from the Colombian cities of Cali, Medellín, Bogotá, Barranquilla, and Nobsa, and foreigners from Brazil, France, Norway, Mexico and the United States who met to join efforts and experience a unique opportunity.

Of the 23 IDDS summits held in countries such as Botswana, Kenya, Thailand, Guatemala, and Brazil, this was the first one which central topic was around peace and reconciliation through co-creation.

The event was organized by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNal), the International Development Innovation Network of MIT and the ETCR, with the support of the Office of the Governor of the Province of Guaviare, the UN Mission in Colombia, the Norwegian Council for Refugees and the Colombian National Federation of Provinces.

Thanks to the collective intelligence, where creativity is the main input, the innovation processes are accelerated and boosted until improving the results. The current status of the country is the ideal scenario for this as peace should be a collective process.

As a result of this version of the IDDS, called, “Building Peace, Reconciliation from Co-Creation”, they designed nine prototypes (see photos) which answer specific needs in these territories.

Consejo Editorial