CalCon 2017 Explores Technology as a Tool to Encourage Peacebuilding

SAN DIEGO— May 8, 2017 - The University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (Kroc School) and OEF Research will co-host the California Consensus on Peace through Technology (CalCon) 2017, a marketplace for ideas which focus on using technology for peacebuilding and to prevent and reduce conflict.

CalCon provides a platform for participants to share their ideas for projects and initiatives aimed at improving peacebuilding through technology with an audience of funders, business leaders, researchers and practitioners. This year’s two day event will feature projects and new technologies that expand our ability to track peace, conflict and protest, and community engagement efforts, among other innovative ideas.

“We are pleased to partner with USD’s Kroc School to connect innovative ideas with scholars and peacebuilders who will ultimately implement these ideas as part of their field work,” said Larry Sampler, president of One Earth Future. “Through gatherings like CalCon, the sharpest minds in peacebuilding, research and business can work together to find ways to make communities more resilient and conflict less likely.”                                      

“At the Kroc School, we see ourselves as builders of peace with justice who step boldly into complex situations to lead and support systematic transformation. We understand the work begins with the people, but welcome new technology that will support our peacebuilding efforts,” said Patricia Marquez, dean of the Kroc School.

CalCon 2017 will be held on May 10 and 11 at the Kroc School. Anyone interested in attending as a delegate should contact Tracie Ware at Delegates will contribute substantively to the prospective funds, connections or technical assistance which will be provided to those pitching their ideas.


For more information, please contact One Earth Future at +1 303-533-1715 or


About One Earth Future: OEF is a self-funded, private operating foundation seeking to create a more peaceful world through collaborative, data-driven initiatives. We focus on enhancing maritime cooperation, creating sustainable jobs in fragile economies and our research actively contributes to thought leadership on global issues.

OEF Research is One Earth Future’s think tank focused on global peace and security. We conduct empirical research on the predictors of peace and on the role of good governance in building and sustaining peace and we share that research with scholars, policy makers and all interested in a more peaceful world through our published reports, discussion papers and educational forums.

About the University of San Diego: The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. In February 2016, USD launched the public phase of Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represents the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university and builds upon the strong philanthropic momentum achieved by USD in recent years. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.