This is the summary report to you completing this six-year project: an accounting of what happened, key conclusions, and what might be next.
What if a there was a deadline for creating world peace? How would we meet that deadline? Who has to do what? What are the resources, the obstacles, the methods, the sequences? What are the benefits of world peace? What is a definition of “world peace”? What would it cost to create world peace?
In 2008, Amber Otto (then Lupton) and I gave peace a deadline: February 14th, 2014. Two-fourteen-twenty-fourteen. Valentine’s Day.
Today, six years later, our deadline has arrived, and we are completing our commitment and reporting to everyone concerned with peace what we did to keep our promise, and what we learned, and to acknowledge the incredible people who worked side by side with us.
We created a definition of “world peace”: zero major armed conflicts (MAC’s), as measured by SIPRI, a highly respected peace organization.
We defined “world peace” further to include a system for preventing future outbreaks of group violence.
We designated The Economist newspaper as the impartial reporter on world peace: if The Economist reported that the world is in a state of peace, then we would have achieved our goal.
We then did everything we could to achieve this goal, to make it the goal of all people, to empower everyone who wants peace, to literally bring forth peace in this messy, confusing, huge world of ours. We did A LOT of cool stuff. But…
We did not meet our deadline.
This is literally heartbreaking to report to you. Both of us feel this fact very deeply, as the impact on the world, and on millions of people, of missing this deadline is truly terrible. We are truly sorry.
It might seem odd, or grandiose, or over-ambitious, to take personal responsibility for events seemingly so far out of our control – what two people, with modest resources, could create world peace in a short time? But the truth we wanted to demonstrate to you and to everyone is that each of us may take personal responsibility for the entire world, and proceed thoughtfully on that basis.
It has been a great and solemn privilege to serve on that basis – on the basis of the needs of humanity, of full participation in our times as a creator of a future worth living in. It’s not grandiose – it’s humbling.
If there is one thing we learned, it is that there is no permission, no endorsement, no certification required for full planetary participation. So who are we to give peace a deadline? We are you.
Appreciation and gratitude…
To our tireless staff – bless you with all my heart. To begin with Alex Frost, Robin Howe, Rebecca Rachmany, Yana, development director Erin Snyder, Tara Tagliani, and Jake Davis.
To Captain Jake Davis for running the Peace Room for three years…
Click to the full list of acknowledgements…
Actions taken to meet the deadline…
- One year of travel and conversation to get started
- Wrote a book
- Created award-winning video…
Click to the narrative of what we did…
What we learned…
Based on our experience and reflection on that experience over the last six years, we have come to a few conclusions about lasting peace and other global challenges. Here is the summary of our conclusions…
Click to the see the conclusions
What Is Next?
This community lives in the hearts of those called to lean into the highest good. There is no leader. We are all over the world. We are born and we know. We are strong. We exist knowing clusters of people in families and communities. Most of us in this community we don’t know. We are an “us” at heart. We live as beacons of light with daily quiet gestures.
- The actions you take are unquantifiable. The people you care for, the unkind words you resist, the courageous choice you make in a split second. Lean towards the highest good.
- See humanity free from war. Pull that reality into existence with your heart, words, and actions.
The easiest way to communicate with us is on facebook. Send us a message.