About the Book
The major challenges facing humanity are global in nature – climate change, ever decreasing biodiversity, full use of the fresh water on the plant, to name a few. Unless the world is basically peaceful, we will never get the trust, cooperation and inclusiveness to solve these issues, yet what creates peace is poorly understood.
Working on an aid program in one of the most violent places in the world, North East Kivu in the DR Congo, philanthropist and business leader Steve Killelea asked himself, ‘What are the most peaceful nations?’ Unable to find an answer, he created the world’s leading measure of peace, the Global Peace Index, which receives over 16 billion media impressions annually and has become the definitive go to index for heads of state. Steve Killelea then went on to establish world-renowned think tank, the Institute for Economics and Peace. Today its work is used by organisations such as the World Bank, United Nations and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and taught in thousands of university courses around the world.
Peace in an Age of Chaos tells of Steve’s personal journey to measure and understand peace. It explores the practical application of his work, which is gathering momentum at a rapid pace. In this time when we are faced with environmental, social and economic challenges, this book shows us a way forward where Positive Peace, described as creating the optimal environment for human potential to flourish, can lead to a paradigm shift in the ways societies can be managed, thereby transcending and reinvigorating western democracies.
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
This book should be mandatory reading for all politicians, judicial leaders, senior government and health officials, and police and military officers who have prime responsibility to protect their fellow citizens from conflicts, pandemics, injustice, and natural and man-made disasters. The book should be actively embraced and promoted by all religious, business and community leaders, and it should be read by school children and those undergoing tertiary education so that they can better inform their elders. Why? Because in 12 chapters Steve Killelea charts the current state of world peace - and lack of it - and through the IEP's factual and unbiased measurement and economic analysis using 'systems thinking' provides a sensible and achievable roadmap for achieving Positive Peace in a chaotic and dangerous world.– Major General Michael Smith (Rtd), Founding Director Australian Civil-Military Centre
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
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TOP 3 REASONS TO READ THIS BOOK
Steve not only guides readers to question the current status quo of analysing peace as an absence of violent conflict but also to honestly evaluate and decipher the inner workings of a peaceful society.
Challenges centuries old narratives on peace through thought provoking concepts such as Positive Peace and systems thinking.
Peace in the Age of Chaos is an intelligent insight for globally conscious and positively motivated readers, as well as policy makers and academics.