A four-dimensional approach to peace

To make investments in peace effectively requires an understanding of the capital we need to develop. Invest in Peace offers this four-dimensional model to help investors and individuals grasp the challenge. This is our first attempt at describing the dimensions, comments are welcome below.

Peace with yourself

Human Capital

  • Peace Education
  • Non-violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peace with the Earth

Natural Capital

Built Capital

  • Land restoration
  • Circular economy
  • Holistic management
  • Renewable energy
  • Permaculture
  • Transition
  • Eco-villages

Peace with each other

Social Capital

  • Peace Culture
  • Non-violence
  • Performing arts
  • Social enterprise
  • Mutual Aid

Structures that support Peace

Financial and Social Capital

  • Treaties
  • Equality
  • Social security
  • Welfare society
  • Rules, regulations
  • Corporate law

A feeling of peace at the centre

Our starting point is ourselves. As humans we know what peace is as we carry it inside ourselves as part of our make up. However, the way we act and the way we feel do not always accord with the peace inside and we can feel at war with ourselves.

Peace with yourself

We offer the idea that Peace with ourselves is the first basic need. The examples we offer in the table above are various inner peace education programs, non-violent communication and similar approaches.

Peace with the Earth

We are dependent on the Earth for our food, and indeed agriculture will have to produce 30-50% more food by 2030, so we need to regenerate depleted soils and develop regenerative agricultural practices as well as ways to deliver essential fibres and fuel. We look to organisations like the Transition Movement, Permaculture and Regeneration International to provide experience and expertise here.

A Culture of Peace

How much of the media on offer reflects violence and selfishness? The media we consume daily often has a bias to a culture of violence, individualism and domination rather than a culture of cooperation and peace. A culture of peace offers positive models to young and old. Performing arts organisations like Celebrate life events, the performers behind the Peace Concerts and other artists all offer inspiration via music. But culture is so much more – culture is the way we solve problems, the values we hold, the way we are with each other, the way we use language, our social structures and rules, the way our society handles food provision and waste….. the list goes on.

Structures that support Peace.

Winston Churchill said “first we create our structures and they determine how we act”. We need to analyze all of the structures that govern the way we behave, from tax systems to penal codes to economic rules to understand how these underlying structures cause conflict. From this understanding we can call for changes.
Here we look to organisations such as Initiatives of Change, The Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation, the new Economy Foundation as well as organisations that invest in infrastructure that ensures food security and housing security as well as to organisations calling for changes to the legal status of the land, like the End Ecocide movement.

 

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