'Over fifteen years, I have watched Steve Killelea’s global reputation as an expert on peace grow along with that of his Institute for Economics and Peace. In this excellent book, he invites the reader to join him on a personal journey of learning about how to understand peace as more than the absence of conflict. The result is compelling advocacy for Positive Peace. Convincingly he unveils the data proving that Positive Peace is associated with many social characteristics that are considered desirable, including stronger economic outcomes, higher resilience, better measures of well-being, higher levels of inclusiveness and more sustainable environmental performance; in other words, an optimal environment in which human potential can flourish. His research, data analysis and recommendations merit attention and should give policy makers food for thought in wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.'
Lord Browne of Ladyton (Chair of the European Leadership Network/UK House of Lords)
He is a sought after international speaker, has received many international awards and is regularly quoted in the media on various subjects, including business, global peacefulness, terrorism and social development. More than 20 years ago, he established The Charitable Foundation, now one of the largest private overseas aid organisations based in Australia providing life-changing programs to some of the poorest communities in the world including, emergency and famine relief, environment rehabilitation, and rehabilitating former child soldiers.
Steve Killelea is my hero because he has made it his business to focus international attention on what peace actually means. He gets across to policy-makers and the press like no-one else. One of the key insights in this invaluable book is the combination of systems thinking with Positive Peace (which he has measured) to provide a factual, practical framework for action – read chapter 5! It’s a really useful book, and will make a big difference to understanding of peace dynamics.– Dr. Scilla Elsworthy, Author, and peace builder and founder of Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct Business Plan for Peace
I have just finished reading your excellent book from beginning to end and it is a really important piece of work. I am very impressed with what you have achieved and I entirely agree with the approach that you have taken. The book and the ideas in it are both inspirational and foundational. You demonstrate an infectious passion for humanity and the world we live in, a developed understanding of how individuals and societies function and a clear direction of travel to a better and more sustainable future.– Right Hon. Lord Alderdice, Professor UK House of Lords
The work of the Institute for Economics and Peace and its flagship publications, most notably the Global Peace Index, the Positive Peace Reports, and the Global Terrorism Index, is now acknowledged worldwide amongst academics, practitioners and policy makers as the gold standard for measuring and analysing peace. This book tells the remarkable and inspirational story of the man whose vision and genius for innovation created this shift in peace thinking and practice. Standing in the great tradition of entrepreneurs who have committed their energy and resources to world peace, Killelea has reactivated the idea of positive peace and provided a robust and context sensitive methodology through which it can be defined, cultivated and implemented.– Tom Woodhouse, Emeritus Professor Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford