The factors underlying conflict are often structural and outside the control of the average citizen. Many factors lie beneath the surface and interact. What is visible is often just the conflicts. However, it is those who are suffering who have a chance to do something about it.Continue reading
Get Creative With Peace Workshops
Celebrate Life Events are planning a series of Creative Peace Workshops at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London. The sessions combine themed video clips on the topics of peace, choice, personal wellbeing and self discovery, with time for reflection, activities and creative expression.Continue reading
On International Womens’ Day – Swedish Writer Elin Wägner
Today we celebrate and appreciate Elin Wägner, peace activist, author and suffragette who promoted peace on earth, peace with the earth and peace with ourselves. Toward the end of her writing career, Elin Wägner also became more involved in matters relating to the environment. At the end of Väckarklocka, 1941, possibly her most influential book, she lists the basic needs of humanity, such as clean water and unpolluted air and soil. Väckarklocka can be classified as an eco-feminist work long before such a concept even existed. Elin Wägner’s environmental concerns predate Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring from 1963 and also permeate her concept book Peace with the Earth Fred med jorden, 1940. Continue reading
On the cost of war
Seeds of Peace: a poem from Errol McGlashon
Errol McGlashon or Uncle Errol, as he’s known, wrote these sweet words after listening to the teachings of Peace Ambassador Prem Rawat.
Text replacement shows why we should invest in peace
We did the following thought experiment: we replaced the word growth or economic growth with peace in excerpts from statutes and statements from some main global organisations. Take a look. Is it in improvement? Maybe you agree with us that Peace is the thing we need to focus on! Continue reading
Conference Report: Towards Inclusive Peace
Invest in Peace joined the conference Towards an Inclusive Peace, in the Caux Palace, Switzerland the first week of July this year. As a personal take-away I felt I got a lot clearer, I cannot attribute it to any one of the excellent presenters and trainers, the parts became more than the whole. This article shares my emerging understanding.
The mathematics of the extractive economy
If business as a discipline is to develop away from extractive practices we need to develop a mathematical language to help economists and policy makers model alternative approaches. Modelling – using both standard business calculations and simulation tools like those developed by Steve Keen – can help decision making at the level of the individual firm and policy level. We propose that adaptations of the Cobb-Douglas Equation can be used to help those doing macro-economic modelling of the sustainable economy. We hope this article contributes to knowledge.
Practicing Peace Dojos
Co-found of the Art of Hosting, Toke Moeller, has been developing what he calls Practicing Peace Dojos.
In Japanese, dojo means, “place of the Way” and place for two activities: a training ground for learning specific techniques of an art and as an arena for individual self realization and growth.
The Peace Dojos promise to be a powerful tool in promoting peace around the world and helping people connect their desire for peace with their actions.
The Peace Dojo builds on the Art of Hosting which is presented in this video.
The town that found a cure
Writing in the Guardian, George Monbiot describes how the Somerset town of Frome saw a dramatic fall in emergency hospital admissions since it began a collective project to combat isolation. The case offers lessons for us all how we can contribute to creating a culture of peace.
The case has attracted the attention of the health services, as explained in this report. (pdf)