June 6, 2018
LUXEMBOURG, LUX- The Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) will be awarded the 2018 Outstanding Peace Support Prize during the Luxembourg Peace Prize ceremony June 22. PCDN democratizes access to information to help individuals and organizations sustain and scale social change. It envisions a world in which all have access to resources, information and inspiration to create positive change in the world.
PCDN is the go-to-hub for the global social change community, connecting over 36,500 individuals and organizations engaged in peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, development and related fields. It provides a one-stop shop to inspire, connect, inform and provide the tools and resources to scale social change. PCDN has had a tremendous positive impact to thousands around the world through providing access to career opportunities, funding for organizations, and daily news to changemakers in the often long hard slog of advancing change. Since its founding PCDN has had over 5 million visitors and 25 million page views.
Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder and CEO of PCDN. From 2005 to 2016 he served as professor for the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University before stepping down in June 2016 to work on PCDN full time. Craig has dedicated his life to being an entrepreneur and to creating a more peaceful world. Before creating PCDN, Craig also helped to co-found two NG0s – the Alliance for Conflict Transformation and the TEAM foundation in Hungary. He also spent two years in Hungary as a Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia.
He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries for organizations including USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution Alumni of the Year Award and an Alumni Career Achievement Award from Central European University. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
PCDN has a wide range of resources including:
Social Change Career Helping Line - The world’s first open, expert and crowdsourced space to help individuals find the answers to the questions they have about building and advancing a career of social impact.
Social Change Career Podcast - Featuring leading social change professionals from around the world. Honest conversations about the ups, downs and opportunities in building careers of purpose.
The Career Series - A series devoted to building a high impact career featuring content from some of the world’s leading social change organizations.
Blogs - PCDN have over 13,000 blogs on a broad range of topics.
Job, Consulting & Internship Board - Many leading social change organizations use PCDN to recruit top talent.
Newsletters - Provides the best curated content including jobs, fellowships, internships, blogs and more in the ecosystem of change.
For additional information about PCDN please visit https://pcdnetwork.org/
The Luxembourg Peace Prize for Outstanding Technology seeks to build peace directly and promotes culture of peace via a technical offering on the marketplace and to the public and has had global coverage over the years.
About the Schengen Peace Foundation, World Peace Forum and Luxembourg Peace Prize
For the seventh consecutive year, the Schengen Peace Foundation and the World Peace Forum will be awarding the prestigious Luxembourg Peace Prize to outstanding peacemakers and activists in Luxembourg. The award comes in alignment with the efforts of the Schengen Peace Foundation, approved in 2007 by His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri, as a Peace---Think---Tank, to support peace building.
In the ‘Spirit of Schengen’, the Schengen Peace Foundation initiated the World Peace Forum, a global platform for peace activists and peace initiatives. The annual multi-disciplinarian event of the World Peace Forum connects peace activists from around the world to meet, exchange ideas, and together achieve greater impact.
In 2011, the Luxembourg Peace Prize was first introduced as an award to outstanding peacemakers. Laureates will be honored with a bronze medal by sculptor Duvan.
This year's Luxembourg Peace Prize Ceremony will be taking place at the historic European Parliament building in Luxembourg on June 22, 2018 as a conclusion to the 2018 World Peace Forum edition held in Toronto, Canada and in preparation for the 2018 Youth World Peace Forum to be held in July in the Philippines.
The Luxembourg Peace Prize aims to recognize and support the work of individuals and groups working on peace, around the world. Categories include:
Outstanding Peace Activists
Outstanding Peace Organization
Outstanding Public Peace Efforts
Outstanding Peace Support
Outstanding Peace Education
Outstanding Peace Process
Outstanding Youth Peace Maker
Outstanding Peace Technology
Outstanding Peace Journalism
Outstanding Environmental Peace
New categories in 2019 will include Art and Health
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Note for the media:
For additional information, interviews with the laureates, and pictures of the Award Ceremony, you can contact: Natalie Bachiri at natalie.bachiri(at)worldpeaceforum.org, Communications Director Luxembourg Peace Prize or Vicki Hansen, President LPP Committee and WPF Luxembourg Chapter, vicki.hansen(at)worldpeaceforum.org