Monica Curca is a peacebuilding facilitator, artist, and cultural organizer leveraging storytelling and human-centered design to create communities where everyone belongs. She is the founder and director of Activate Labs, a non-profit organization that builds a global creative force for peace and justice. Now based in Washington DC, it leads by activating and resources grassroots leaders that are experiencing trauma, conflict or uncertainty through human-centered process design that builds peace. Along with the Activate Labs team, she has developed the “Peace Design Process” which has trained more than 4,000 participants to be peace designers at workshops called "Peace Design Labs". Activate Labs also leads experiential co-design processes called “Peace Activations" in public spaces through the pioneering work of the Creative Trauma Healing Open Spaces where they have led and produced events that feature open art, music and festival like experiential design with thousands of participants in immigrant shelters, in front of detention centers, and in public spaces and communities in Mexico, Colombia and the USA. Peace Activations are often tied to larger policy and narrative change efforts and provide an immersive experience for participants in support of mass action for change. Monica is the winner of the 2019 Human Rights Educator O’Brien Award, Seeds of Peace 2019 Gather Fellow and was a finalist for the Peace Direct: Tomorrow's Peacebuilders. She holds two master’s degrees from the Heller School for Social Policy in Management at Brandeis University, in Sustainable International Development and Conflict and Coexistence.
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