Give Peace a Chance

“All we are saying, is Give Peace a Chance” ~John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Dear friends,
I recently returned from a peacebuilding summit hosted by Rotary International. One ofGlobalPeaceIndex the sessions was a workshop exploring the 8 pillars of positive peace developed by the Institute of Economics and Peace, a leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyze peace and quantify its economic value.

The Institute believes that building sustainable peace depends on nurturing these aspects of a country’s society —

  1. An equitable distribution of resources
  2. A free flow of information
  3. A good relation with one’s neighbors
  4. High levels of human capital
  5. Acceptance of the rights of others
  6. A low level of corruption
  7. A sound business environment
  8. A well-functioning government

It is interesting to explore the way each of these pillars supports the others and is supported by them in return. Each year since 1996, the Institute has measured countrys against these pillars in the Global Peace Index. It is no surprise that the US score is falling. Check out the full report here to see where each country ranks, overall trends, and the importance of peace in a state’s economy. It is clear to see from that report, if not from the headlines that the world is beautiful and inspirational and tragic and complex – all at the same time. It is so easy to focus on the tragic because that is what draws our attention — and needs our attention on many levels. But I believe that what we focus on gets traction and so it is even more important for us to remain committed to building the positive pillars of peace in ourselves and our world…Betsy