Business Plan for Peace

Preventing Violent Conflict


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Scaling tried and tested strategies for preventing violent conflict

Having worked for half a century with governments, corporations, and people at risk of war, Business Plan for Peace knows how armed violence can systematically be prevented. We work with people to build the inner capabilities needed to prevent and manage violence and we engage with our partner organisations on our core programmes:

This short guidebook offers you the experience of people who have been preventing and resolving conflict for decades.

Here you will find practical, non-technical guidance for how to build your ‘Mighty Heart’, because the heart is the secret to all transformation. In this guidebook you will build the capacity and skills to have ‘courageous conversations’, to engage your feminine intelligence (available equally to men as to women), to understand how to work with and tame your inner critic, how to use anger as a fuel for transformation, and most importantly how to develop Presence.

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  • “If we can start this movement, I think it will be possible, through education and awareness, to bring an end to war. What is the use of war? It brings destruction, more suffering, and pain. I believe that humans have common sense, and that human basic nature is more compassionate. Please inform people how serious war and the killing of human beings is. Please also share that the use of this weaponry creates tremendous destruction. It is a total waste of money. …. This has been one of my dreams for a number of years.”

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    HH the Dalai Lama in conversation with Scilla Elworthy, Mind and Life Conference, September 2016

  • “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

  • “Peace is everybody’s business. The Business Plan for Peace tells us what this means, with ambition and realism, inspiration and pragmatism.”

    Dr Kalypso Nicolaïdis

    Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “A work of lasting impact. 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. Alongside an empathetic analysis of ‘some of the giants who have shown the way,’ this wise woman—herself a towering figure—offers readers a huge and motivating gift: an explanation of how ordinary individuals can change the world, and why they must wake up and do it.”

    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

  • “I am inspired by what Scilla Elworthy has to say in The Business Plan for Peace. She integrates depth, calls out what is not working with courage and compassion, and suggests practical steps for citizens and policy makers, including the economic dimensions of a culture of peace.  This is so relevant for our times.”

    Dr Monica Sharma

    Tata Chair Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Author "Radical Transformational Leadership - Strategic Action for Change Agents"

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