Lessons from the Peace Negotiations in Colombia: President Santos in Conversation

The peace negotiations between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC–EP)  and the Colombian government ended on an agreement last August 24, 2016.  After four years of peace talks and working meetings, and despite the disbelief of a large sector of Colombian public opinion and the opposition of right wing political parties, a deal […]

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Memory, Digital Media, and Peace-building in Colombia: The Projects of the Alfabetizaciones Digitales Initiative

In recent years, building a historical memory that is plural and inclusive has become one of the main strategies for finishing the long armed conflict in Colombia. Peace building endeavors have tried to promote a new narrative of the conflict that brings the victims of war to the foreground, makes visible their stories, dignifies them, […]

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A Nation in Spite of Itself: Uncertainty and Hope in Colombia After the Referendum

Last week was full of emotions for Colombia. From hope to uncertainty, from sadness to happiness, from indignation to joy, Colombians have been experiencing a chain of contradictory emotions in the midst of a fragmented and polarized country. In the past 10 days, the country lost a historical opportunity to ratify a peace deal to […]

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Mobilizing the Civic Imagination: New Media in the Context of Colombia’s Peace Agreement and Referendum

Imagination is a powerful tool for social and cultural transformation. People need to be able to imagine and speak about change first in order to transform the world later. Our capacity to imagine creative alternatives to current society and politics, as Henry Jenkins and colleagues have explained in By Any Media Necessary, can be understood […]

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Open Data in Latin America: Promises, Challenges, and Opportunities

While corruption continues to be pervasive at all layers of society in Latin American countries, the region has become a leader in commitments to open data and open government. A combination of factors has created the appropriate climate among governments, civil society, and private sector, to introduce a series of recommendations, good practices, and strategies […]

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Learning as a Lifestyle

In times of rapid transformation, we are constantly asked to learn new technologies, new systems, and new practices. Terms such as the information, the knowledge, or the creative society signal the change from industrial to post-industrial societies. Those concepts emphasize the changes in both the means of production, circulation, and consumption of goods. We should […]

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