The Peace Paradigm Shift

The Institute for Economics and Peace, the brains behind Vision of Humanity, was founded with a core mission in mind: to create a paradigm shift in the way the world thinks about peace and to provide fact-based research to show that peace is a positive, tangible and achievable goal of human wellbeing and development.

Ambitious? Yeah, we know. Have you met our Founder Steve Killelea? Not only does Steve dream big, but he dedicates all his time and energy into realising those dreams.

If you haven’t encountered Steve or our work before, I strongly suggest you read a brief bio or watch this short video on why we measure peace and what we can learn from it.

How to go about creating a paradigm shift

There are many different ideas on how to revolutionise the way society thinks or reinvent “the norm”. The way we go about creating a paradigm shift in the way we think about peace starting with the basics. Data and facts. Our researchers analyse extensive datasets, using both qualitative and quantitative data, to understand the state of peace around the world and to identify what it is that makes societies peaceful.

By analysing this data, building collaborations and partnerships, the Institute for Economics and Peace produces research that is increasingly influential policies and practices of large intergovernmental organisations, NGOs, governments, business and academic institutions.

The Institute for Economics and Peace often has work featured in leading global news outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera, The Economist, Forbes, The Guardian etc. This ensures that the research is accessible to those we are avid readers of current affairs, news and issues of international concern.

Engaging Civil Society

We all know that we’re not going to create a paradigm shift unless we see a revolution in the hearts and minds of people around the world. That’s where Vision of Humanity comes in. We take this really complex data driven research and make it accessible, relatable and meaningful for millions of people around the world. We empower civil society with an understanding of what makes a society peaceful, as well as an understanding of levels of peace in their country. What people do with this information varies, but one of the most important things they can do is talk about it. Yes, that’s right, speak. Have a conversation; start engaging more people around the world with the idea that peace is an achievable goal and something we should strive to achieve at the local, national and global levels.

Is it working?

If you asked me this question a year ago I may have given you a different answer. What we have seen in 2014 so far is a dramatic change in the way people are thinking about peace, and an uplifting  shift in the empowerment of individuals as peace activists.

In June when we launched the 2014 Global Peace Index, a very complex piece of research which spans 162 countries, using 22 indicators over 7 years – in total just under 25,000 data points. We were tickled pink with the uptake of this research in popular media.

Popular media’s largest viral sites, namely Mashable, Buzzfeed, Upworthy and good old Huffington Post, picked up the key findings of the 2014 Global Peace Index and spread to their own networks. If we combine the reach of those 4 sites alone that’s getting the word about peace out to over 95 million people.

While you might not think it’s a big achievement to be featured on a site alongside videos of kittens, we are thrilled, as it shows peace is needling its way in to mainstream popular media, and into the hearts and minds of the millions of people who consume it.

A rather tongue-in-cheek Tweet from The Daily show this year showed us that this research is not just being taken seriously by the United Nations, but it’s being made fun of by world famous comedians.

Be part of the change

Want to be part of the change? There are many ways you can take action.

  1. Start a conversation about peace: check out our research on what makes a society peaceful and ask your friends and neighbours how this can apply to your community.
  2. Explore levels of peace in your country: click on your country on the Global Peace Index interactive map to see where it ranks, then click on “full states” to see how it fares according to all 22 indicators.
  3. Watch the 2014 Global Peace Index video highlights: think about the state of peace around the world now, how it has changed and what this means to you.
  4. Write about us: have a blog? Write about the state of peace. Feel free to use our research and resources and be sure to share your blog post with us so we share with our network.
  5. Write for us: do you have something you’d like to write about peace in your community? Or perhaps you are a peacebuilder and would like to share your experience. If so, please get in touch and we’ll send you a few guidelines for content.
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GPI 2014 Media Coverage

The 2014 Global Peace Index has made headlines around the world. We've gathered a selection of highlights to share with you.

Media Pack GPI 2014

The Global Peace Index media pack includes multilingual media release, infographics, images, videos and more.

Report 2014 GPI

The 2014 Global Peace Index analyses the state of peace around the world. It identifies the most and least peaceful countries, trends in violence and conflict, and calculates the economic impact of violence. This year the report includes a section on countries at risk of becoming less peaceful in the new two years.

Video 2014 Peace Index

Only got a few minutes but want to learn about the state of peace around the world? Check out this short video that shows what we can learn from measuring peace.

Contact us

Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.

General enquiries:
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Sydney office

PO Box 42, St Leonards,
NSW 1590,
Tel: +61 2 9901 8500

New York office

3 East 54th Street
14th Floor
New York, New York 10022
Tel: +1 (646) 963-2160

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