Business Plan for Peace: 12-part recorded online course

Is Peace Really Possible in our Lifetime?

War, violence and conflict have been a part of humanity’s history for far too long. And it’s not just an issue in war-torn countries.  Violence and conflict also play out in far too many of our homes, streets, schools, work places and communities.

But HOW do we put an end to it . . . without becoming the bully we despise?  There is a way.  In fact there are many solutions in Dr. Scilla Elworthy’s landmark book, The Business Plan for Peace.

Dr. Scilla Elworthy in collaboration with Sheva Carr bring you an extraordinary opportunity.  They invite you to join a 12 part online journey into the most up-to-date, proven, real-world frameworks, tools, practices and support for building peace locally and globally.

If Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa and other powerfully historic peace-makers have inspired you . . .

And you feel called to take a stand for peace . . .

Then, NOW is the time . . . and this is your opportunity . . . to become an even more powerful advocate for peace.

The interactive online course took place from 21 September 2018 and finished on 21 September 2019.  If you would like to find out more about accessing the 12 recorded sessions please go to the Heart Ambassadors website by clicking the link below.


Listen to the Webinar replay from 21 September 2018

12 Part Online Course: Programme Agenda and Schedule

Part 1: The Current Terrain – Why Do We Need a Business Plan for Peace?

1. Since war is a business, we need a business plan for peace that proves peace can be more profitable.

2. The Drivers of War:

  • Emotional Drivers (aggression, greed, fanaticism, ambition, fear, threat, the belief security is achieved through dominance, humiliation, the glamor of war);
  • Financial Incentives- the business of the arms trade/extreme poverty;
  • Interethnic conflict and its relationship to the emotional drivers above;
  • The issue of terrorism;
  • Low intensity warfare- destabilisation of countries through internet trolling;
  • Proxy Wars.

3. The costs of war in dollars and long term human and environmental issues.

4. Countries involved in the arms trade, and the UN Security Council.

5. Annual expenditures on military and defence.

6. The culture of violence, and changing the mindset that weaponry = security.

7. How institutionalised violence perpetuates local violence.

8.The problems war and militarisation cannot solve and in fact can amplify:

  • Climate Change;
  • Migration;
  • Water Shortages;
  • Income inequality and widespread unemployment;
  • Gender inequities.

9. The predominance of men in the current terrain of the commerce of war and weapons.

10. Making a case that peace could be more profitable for all- the top 10 countries on the Global Peace Index and their relative economic flourishing and standard of living, and the potential green technology investments, for example, that could produce more profits than the arms trade.

11.The framework of the Business Plan for Peace- including:

  • 25 Projects in the Business Plan for Peace at the Local, National and Regional Levels;
  • Which ones have been adopted, and which still need champions;
  • Internal work and external actions you can take each week to be an investor in the Business Plan for Peace with your time, attention, and talent.

Part 2: What is Peace? An Inner Tool Kit: Each of Us Can be a Pathway To Peace

1. Peace is more than an end to war.

2. The relationship between personal and planetary peace.

3. Self-regulation skills that empower students to work with feelings that appear to disrupt their peace.

4. The benefits of feeling outrage and how to skillfully leverage it for peace.

5. Preventing the pitfalls of apathy on one side and “activist frenzy” on the other.

6. Self-awareness tips, pothole avoidance, and road signs you are on the right track.

7. How to discern and identify your unique calling in the world of peace building: what is yours to do?

8. New science which measures the state or subjective feeling of peace as an objective change in:

  • An individual through heart rhythm patterns; and
  • A group of individuals through a variety of means from electromagnetic field changes to random number generators.

Part 3: Dialogue and Mediation: Tools for Prevention and Early Intervention

1. How to listen to yourself as a foundation for listening to others

2. HeartMath’s scientifically validated coherent communication techniques.

3. Liz Kingsworth’s 10 Suggestions for Improving Communication.

4. Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication Listening Exercise.

5. Dynamic Curiosity from John Paul Lederach.

6. What violates Dignity and how to restore Dignity from Donna Hicks.

7. Therapeutic Neutrality and the Four Principles of Non-Judgement in Communication.

8. Case Studies of Dialogue and Mediation in use to de-escalate violence and stop war.

9. Conflict as something to welcome and work through rather than avoid- “the gem under the dragon’s foot”.

27 January 2019 #4. Preventing War

Part 4: Preventing War

1. The International Day of Peace, Cease Fires, and What Happens When War Stops (Even for a Day)!

2. Building peace requires more than stopping war.

3. The 8 Pathways To Peace.

4. The 3 Key Strategies:

  • Dialogue (Refresh Class 2)
  • Prevention
  • Comprehensive Contact Teams
  • Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue
  • Early Intervention
  • Early warning systems

5. Infrastructures for Peace- the South Africa Case Study.

6. Decisions made from a sense of threat- stress physiology in waging war.

7. Cognitive mapping: what motivates decisions?

8. Trust, safety, and security.

9. Dignity.

24 February 2019 #5. Building Peace Locally

Part 5: Building Peace Locally

1. The Four Projects related to Local Peace Building;

2. The 10 Calls to Individual Action for Achieving Peace at the Local Level;

3. Cities for Peace;

4. Unresolved trauma as a driver of violent conflict;

5. Healing Trauma at the Individual and Collective Level;

6. Recognizing the Inner Critic, and Tools to handle it so it Doesn’t Stop You in Your Mission to Build Peace.

Part 6: Building Peace Nationally

1. The 9 Projects Related to National and Regional Peace Building.

2. The 14 Calls to Individual Action for Achieving Peace at the National and Regional Level.

3. Moving from Power Over and Domination to Power With, Empowerment and Dominion.

4. Reinvestment from arms production to renewable energy.

5. The power of women to counter extremism and change policy.

6. Moving from Defense Budgets to Conflict Prevention budgets.

7. Truth and Reconciliation and Peace Infrastructures- South Africa’s success.

Part 7: International Peace Building

1. The 12 Projects Related to International Peace Building.

2. The 11 Calls to Individual Action for Achieving Peace at the International Level.

3. Establishment of a conflict prevention fund for every member of NATO.

4. The 9 Domains of Bhutan’s “Gross National Happiness” as a Model.

5. Engaging:

  • The private sector/corporate interests.
  • The impact of media.
  • Technological tools for early warning and intervention- Nicaragua and Kenya examples.

6. Global Peace Index.

7. Addressing unemployment as a driver of violence.

8. Strategies to diffuse terrorism.

9. Taxing the arms trade to pay for peace.

10. Revisiting the importance of mediation and dialogue.

11. The United Nations Emergency Peace Service.

Part 8: The Economics of Peace and Conflict: a Cost Benefit Analysis

1. The total cost of the Business Plan for Peace.

2. The cost savings of the Business Plan for Peace.

3. The cost comparisons between perpetuating war and defence vs. peace building and conflict prevention.

4. The cost of continuing to wage war and refusing to invest in peace: The Syria Case Study.

5. The benefits of transitioning to a business plan for peace- The Colombian Case Study.

6. The long term benefits to societies that live founded on the Business Plan for Peace: The Costa Rica and Switzerland case studies.

7. The funding sources- and revisiting taxing the arms trade to pay for peace.

8. Advocacy at the UN- the UN High Level Forum on Peace and budgets for peace building.

Part 9: The Unique Role of Women and Feminine Intelligence in Peace-Building

1. Women make up more than 52% of the global population but have largely, until now, been left out of both the war and peace process.

2. The qualities that drive war and the qualities that create peace.

3. Skills to shift from one to the other.

4. Feminine qualities as universally accessible, not tied to gender.

5. The advocacy that women bring to the peace table for:
Trauma relief; Truth and Reconciliation; Those who have suffered from war (wounded soldiers, raped women, displaced civilians).

6. The focus of men more on: Military Power; Alliances of strategic dominance; Security and status.

7. UN Resolution 1325- Mandating the Presence of Women at the Peace Negotiation Table (and perhaps here we can also refer to the new UN resolution of a similar ilk mandating youth at the peace negotiation table?).

8. Stories about the role of women in bringing peace to conflicts in: Syria; Liberia; Kenya; Nicaragua; Liberia.

9. How we can support the engagement of gender equity at the peace table.

10. Femme Q, Rising Women Rising World, Women Illuminated.

Part 10: The Unique Role the Media Can Play

Special Guest Speakers and topics TBA.

Part 11: Dialogue with High Level Decision Makers to Achieve Change

1. The importance of engaging individuals.

2. The crucial differences between dialogue and lobbying.

3. Getting beyond the thinking that created the problems we have.

4. The Oxford Research Group Nuclear Decision Makers Case Study.

5. The 10 Steps to Successful Dialogues with Decision Makers.

6. Where dialogues with decision makers may be contraindicated and too high risk (in totalitarian regimes).

Part 12: Who Are the Peace Builders of Tomorrow? Will You be Among Them?

1. The largest movement in the world.

2. The World Bank and the IFI Fund – $13B to fund participation of women, youth and private sector participation in peace building.

3. The UN Peace Fund – $500M with an intent to double.

4. How each of us can play a part.

5. The unique qualities of millennials – hope for the future.

6. People, Planet, Purpose and Profit- they can go together.

7. From “me” to “we”.

8. Networking for Peace.

9. Social Networks for Peace

10. Next Steps and Creative Ideas.

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