New News on Peace

So far, this blog focused on my work on wicked problems whose causes and consequences are so interconnected that you can’t solve them quickly, separately, or easily.

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But I make my living as a peacebuilder. While the news from places like the Middle East is not good these days, we peacebuilders did get a piece (pun intended) of good news this week.

A new Geneva-based startup, Silicon Peace, has launched Peace Times News which does something that no one has done before. It gathers, curates, and publishes stories about conflict and peace efforts around the world. It has its fair share of stories about the world’s problems. This morning they included ones on Boko Haram in Nigeria, fighting in Syria, and the like.

But, it also has otherwise hard to find coverage not just of peace movements but of the role the private sector and technologists are playing and it extends the peacebuilder’s horizon to include other issues, including sustainability.

This morning, for example, it had this infographic on the private sector’s investment in sustainability.

Silicon Peace has much broader ambitions. In particular, it is planning to launch a Corporate Peace Index that will rate companies on the role they play (or don’t play as the case may be) in promoting peace as part of their business activities.

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