In its inaugural episode, titled “Media, Technology, and Peacebuilding,” viewers are treated to a 25-minute discussion featuring guest speaker Theo Dolan ‘94, the Global Lead for Innovation in Countering Disinformation at IREX. Conducted by Middlebury student Shawn Adams ‘24, the interview delves into Mr. Dolan’s extensive experience at the intersection of media, technology, and peacebuilding.
Theo Dolan ‘94 is currently the Global Lead for Innovation in Countering Disinformation at IREX where he leads the strategic growth of IREX’s Learn to Discern digital programs. These programs build citizens’ resilience to manipulative information in more than 20 countries, including Ukraine. He has worked at the intersection of media, technology, and peacebuilding for nearly 20 years, mainly by designing and managing complex peacebuilding projects and analytical studies in conflict-affected countries. Previously, at FHI 360, he provided technical leadership on programs and activities aimed at preventing violent conflict, preventing and/or countering violent extremism, combating digital threats like hate speech and disinformation, and engaging and empowering vulnerable youth. From 2015-2018, Theo directed the PeaceTech Lab in Nairobi, Kenya, where he developed an innovative research methodology for identifying and analyzing online hate speech in countries such as South Sudan, Nigeria, and Myanmar. He also collaborated with local partners to design, produce, and broadcast behavior change communications programs to promote peacebuilding in Iraq, South Sudan, and Somalia.
The first episode of “MIDDVantage: Exploring Careers in Conflict Transformation” provides a glimpse into the critical role that media and technology play in the realm of peacebuilding. It offers valuable insights into how individuals, like Theo Dolan, are making a positive impact in conflict-affected regions around the world.
For those interested in exploring the world of conflict resolution and peacebuilding, Episode 1 featuring Theo Dolan is now available for viewing on YouTube via the following link: Watch here.
Stay tuned for more discussions and insights from professionals at the forefront of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The next episode will launch on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.
Exploring Careers in Conflict Transformation is a collaborative series developed by the Center for Careers and Internships and Middlebury in DC with content contributions from members of the Middlebury Professional Network and Middlebury students.