In 2021, the world is facing a vast array of challenges, many of which are posing existential threats to our shared future. Many of these problems are global in nature, complex and multi-dimensional such as climate change, pandemics and rising levels of social discontent. Finding solutions will require fundamentally new ways of thinking.
Peace is the prerequisite for the survival of humanity in the 21st century. Without peace, it will not be possible to achieve the levels of trust, cooperation and inclusiveness necessary to solve these challenges. In the past, peace may have been the domain of the altruistic, but in the current century it is everyone’s self-interest.
Positive Peace, as devised by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), is a solution to many of the common social and economic challenges affecting our world today. The concept and framework is transformational in that it is a cross-cutting facilitator of progress, making it easier for businesses to sell, entrepreneurs and scientists to innovate, individuals to produce and governments to effectively regulate.
Positive Peace is also associated with many other social characteristics that are considered desirable, including stronger economic outcomes, higher resilience, better measures of wellbeing, higher levels of inclusiveness and more sustainable environmental performance.
Defined by IEP as the as the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies, Positive Peace and its framework has been derived empirically through statistical analysis and mathematical models.
IEP aims to shift the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress and provides pathways for those interested in becoming part of the movement.
If you’re interested in Positive Peace, here are three ways IEP can help you learn more.
The Positive Peace Academy gives participants a chance to join those working and researching in the dynamic field of peace and conflict studies.
Built on the back of a series of successful Positive Peace workshops and years of peace data analysis, the online course provides participants with the skills to develop peace and take action at a grassroots and institutional level.
Academy participants will learn about the concept of Positive Peace and the framework used to implement its eight pillars.
Sign-up for the free Positive Peace Academy.
The IEP Ambassador Programme provides knowledge and resources to individuals interested in fostering peace in their communities. The programme attracts seasoned peacebuilders as well as people who are new to the field.
Through a series of webinars, participants receive an in-depth understanding of IEP’s research and methodology, guidance on how to communicate peace research, and how to activate IEP’s Positive Peace framework — an evidence-based model for sustainable, societal development that emphasises factors that create thriving societies.
IEP provides its data and research, which is often adapted by ambassadors who draw on their varied regional, cultural and professional interests.
Are you interested in becoming an ambassador for peace in 2021? Sign up to express your interest in the program here.
Often peace can be thought of as something that is separate to development — or as just one aspect of development —delivered through training, mediation or conflict resolution practices. Through the implementation of the Positive Peace framework, development projects automatically become peacebuilding projects.
From Uganda to Mexico, Thailand to Tunisia, IEP has collaborated with a number of organisations around the world to develop engaging workshops focusing on practical efforts to build Positive Peace at the local level.
IEP’s Positive Peace workshops help communities develop practical, concrete actions to strengthen the social structures, attitudes and institutions that foster peace.
For more information about how we partner with organisations to help them undertake Positive Peace workshops, see our implementation guide here.