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Modern Peacebuilding | Building Peace that Lasts

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

David Kirshbaum, Director of the Nonviolence International Arizona Research Center, breaks down Johan Galtung’s peace theory and how it describes what is necessary to create and measure a Culture of Peace. In a world full of uncontrollable violence, it is necessary to work with what we do have control over, and choose nonviolence where we can. David talks about the different kinds of peace and peacebuilding, and which work best for long term justice. We do have control over creating systems of peacebuilding and maintenance, and the different steps towards sustainable peace. David talks about the systems necessary to create these cultures, and the parallels between Galtung’s thinking and the steps the UN has been taking in their peacebuilding mission. And finally, David discusses the scientific methods for measuring peace and peace cultures.

THE BARRETT VALUES CENTER The Barrett Values Centre has been working to measure and analyze group and country cultures since 1989. The measurement shows how the group is functioning and how to improve by analyzing the values held by the members of the group. Barrett is now applying their expertise to the measurement of the United Nations Program for a Culture of Peace. Measuring the culture of peace of a given group or country yields a picture of the level of peacefulness within it, how that is affecting its functioning, and what needs to be done to improve it. Thus the data collected from measuring a culture of peace will lead to concrete evidence supporting or disproving the UN’s thesis; that peacefulness actually increases development, productivity, and prosperity. Plus analysis will show which values lead to an increase of peacefulness, and by extension, development, and productivity. Learn more about the Barrett Model here:

To LEARN MORE about the Barrett Value System and how it is used to measure the culture of peace

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