Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How CouchSurfing Promotes World Peace by Natasha Murashev

How CouchSurfing Promotes World Peace
Posted by Natasha Murashev on May 12th, 2010 1:48 PM

Natasha Murashev is the author of, a digital magazine focused on applied psychology.

Love to travel but don’t have enough money to stay at a hotel? Have an extra couch at your place and want to meet some cool people? In case you haven’t heard the buzz, CouchSurfing is a non-profit social networking organization that matches those who need a free place to crash and those who have an extra couch for interesting people from around the world. Now, CouchSurfing has joined the Stanford University’s Peace Dot Initiative to help promote world peace.

Although only about 9% of U.S. Facebook users believe that world peace is possible according to Facebook”s Peace Page, researchers at the Stanford’s Peace Lab write the following hopeful message:

Many are pessimistic about peace, but our Stanford team sees a different trend. Today many good things are happening. To highlight work that increases peace, we organized “Peace Dot” and invited some partners to join us for the alpha launch in October 2009.

The Peace Dot idea is simple: Orgs set up a subdomain at http://peace.[DomainName].com. At that page orgs share their work. At Stanford, we gather Peace Dot pages into a directory.

Thanks to the Internet, Peace Dot is a systematic, global solution that makes it easier to share and connect.

For the rest of this OUTSTANDING article, visit the Social Times Blog HERE.

The graphics that show the couch connections and friendships are awesome! You can visit the CouchSurfing initiative HERE.

Places I've surfed recently? Salt Lake City, Telluride, Jackson Hole... the list goes on!

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