How do we solve conflict without war?

The Business Plan for Peace has the skills, knowledge, and the tried and tested strategies for preventing war - which, if scaled-up and extended over 10 years, can prevent armed violence and war worldwide.

How can I contribute?

But, don't we need weapons to defend ourselves?


Global health crises, the collapse of financial systems and global warming show without any doubt that vast weapons systems can no longer make us safe. Our future security has to depend on collaboration.

In this 3 minute film you will learn what the Business Plan of Peace is all about, who we are, and – for the first time in history – what you can do to make the world safer for everyone.

How can a small NGO make a difference?

Together we are allied with over eighteen hundred effective international and locally-led programmes, all committed to preventing armed conflict and building sustainable peace throughout the world – because it is now possible.

Invest in the technologies of peace!


If you can give £100,000:
It will (for example) enable us to help a government like Nigeria build an Architecture for Peace. That means: enabling legislation to be passed, starting training programmes for Peace Councils at village, town, city and regional levels, and building communications for early warning and collective action.

If you can give £25,000:
It will (for example) enable us to help develop a Peace Bond that will significantly build Impact Investing in conflict prevention initiatives in fragile states such as DR Congo, Mali, Pakistan, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Colombia.

If you can give £5-10,000:
It will (for example) enable us to gather representatives of defence and foreign ministries of NATO countries to agree to assign specific budgets for the prevention of armed violence, using the skills and discipline of their armed forces.

If you can give £25 – £500
It will (for example) enable us to set up our Youth Council to offer emerging young leaders the skills of self-knowledge and inner power that will have such a positive impact on the quality of their future exercise of power.

If you have contacts in wealth funds, endowments and pension funds please connect us, so that we can enable them to see the good sense of divestment from weapons production and trade, and into the prevention of armed conflict

For the first time in history, you can invest in making peace profitable, help channel military skills and discipline into the prevention of armed conflict, and build, country by country, the architecture necessary for a peaceful future.

  • “We need individuals like Dr Elworthy to start the work of preventing war…this has been my personal dream for many years.”

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “This book demonstrates – steadily and sensibly – how anyone can develop this inner power to build their own personal contribution to the future, and to a world that works for all. It will wake you up to the challenges now facing the planet, and inspire you with sparkling accounts of what people are already doing to meet those challenges. It will show you how to build your own vision of the kind of future you want for your children, and the energy to make that vision real. I suggest you use this book as a guide, so that you too can become a 21st century pioneer of the possible.”

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    Nobel Peace Laureate, Civil Rights Activist

  • “I find it impossible to comprehend how so many of the human race seem more intent on waging wanton destruction, rather than creating sustainable solutions towards establishing lasting peace. This is why Scilla Elworthy’s exceptional book is so compelling. It has been written for people who want to step out of helplessness and find out how they can apply their own personal skills to do something about the challenges now facing us. Read on and learn how you can engage.”

    Annie Lennox

    OBE, singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist

  • “Visionary is much too small to describe Scilla Elworthy. . . . With a rare grasp of today’s realities, she not only sees what’s coming but also shares her pragmatic vision of what life could be like.”

    Ambassador Swanee Hunt

    Chair, Hunt Alternatives; chair and founder,The Institute for Inclusive Security; Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

  • “In this extraordinary and surprising book Scilla Elworthy dissects the Big Picture: Why do wars happen? What is the real damage? Who gains from them? What would peace entail and how do we achieve it? What’s the good news? These are some of the most difficult and essential questions of our time. Scilla tackles them with grace, generosity and a wealth of experience, offering examples and proposals for new and peaceful ways of conceptualising the human future. This is a compact book with an enormous message. Please read it.”

    Brian Eno

    Lifelong pioneer in rock, ambient and electronic music

  • “Finally, what we have known intuitively is now demonstrated in plain English utilizing business principles. A business plan for peace resonates with me as it will with thousands of Rotarians worldwide. Dr Elworthy’s work is groundbreaking and hopeful. Imagine giving up war which costs US$1,600,000,000,000 dollars per year with unimaginable side effects for a mere two hundred million dollars per year. This is a must read.”

    Al Jubitz

    Founding President of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace; Founder of the War Prevention Initiative

  • “The Business Plan for Peace clearly articulates the economic benefits of a more peaceful world – and they are profound.”

    Steve Killelea

    Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace

  • “Dr. Scilla Elworthy has always inspired such hope in my world. Her insights spring from a deep faith in people. A faith founded on years of research and deep thinking about how we resolve conflict without war. This is a profound book. I hope our leaders read it.”

    Sir Mark Rylance

    Actor, former artistic director, Globe Theatre

We're ambitious, based on a significant track record…

We’re the pioneers of what will become a huge trend, moving our money, our lives and our security away from the habit of war, towards a manifest commitment to prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace throughout the world.

We’re the ones you’ve been waiting for, and we invite you to join us, and to invest in us.

Every penny you entrust us with, will be a building block for a massive extension of peace throughout the world, and the education of every one of us in the skills to prevent and transform violent conflict.

Our Board of Advisers includes: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, General the Lord David Ramsbotham GCB CBE, Nobel Peace Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mr Mohamed El Ashry, Sir Mark Rylance, Professor Dr Kingsley Moghalu, Lord Browne, former Labour Defence Secretary and Mr Ravi Venkantesan.


Three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work with Oxford Research Group to develop... Read more »

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After a long career in the mainstream financial sector at Bankers Trust, SBCI and Citibank,... Read more »

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With her attention on international peace and security, Teohna has spent her career in advisory... Read more »

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Darshita is a millennial, born in Mumbai, India. After qualifying as ‘47th all-India rank’ Chartered... Read more »

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Bob founded the Office of Evaluation at the US Agency for International Development, was chair... Read more »

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Professor of International Relations and director of the Centre for International Studies at the University... Read more »

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Fritz is a Facilitator, Leadership Advisor and Peacebuilder helping people and organisations to breakthrough. Fritz... Read more »

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While at Oxford Research Group Dylan authored ‘War Prevention Works’ which profiled the role of... Read more »

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This short film demonstrates our thanks to you!


Our Mission is to generate a groundswell of people from all sectors who believe that a world without war is possible and necessary, and who consequently are actively engaged in hastening this change. We consider Business Plan for Peace as a catalyst for building peace.

Upcoming Events

Hothouse Retreat: Women’s Leadership Retreat, Eden Project

October 5 - October 6, Cornwall

Join Teohna and the Eden Project team at this HotHouse women’s retreat crafted to evoke and… Read more »

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Wisdom in Business, Amsterdam

November 1 - November 1, Amsterdam

Wisdom in Business, taking place in the Fall 2020, is an international conference and gathering… Read more »

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Odyssey Momentum, Online

November 13 - November 15,

Update June 23, 2020: The event formerly known as Odyssey Hackathon has been moved online… Read more »

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Catalyst 2030: Collaborating to achieve the SDGs

On Wednesday 17 June, Scilla took part in a virtual roundtable discussion on gender equality… Read more »

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2020 Outstanding Peace Activist Prize: Dr Scilla Elworthy

Schengen Peace Foundation and Luxembourg Peace Prize Announce Dr. Scilla Elworthy as the 2020 Outstanding… Read more »

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TEDx Bonn Square Women “Bold+Beautiful”, Oxford

Dr Scilla Elworthy was honoured to give a TEDx talk on”How the new intelligence, FemmeQ, prevents… Read more »

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