Global Peace Index meets Peg: another step closer to war prevention?

The time has come to get serious in our home town about Peace Building and War Prevention. I’m talking about really serious. I mean fact based and strategic. I mean local to global.

How many of you know that the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the United Way co-created Peg –  way of measuring the health of our city?

How many of you knew that the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) created the Global Peace Index (GPI) more than 10 years ago and that it uses metrics to measure Positive Peace in countries that are similar to the Peg’s community measures?

The founders of both are now in Winnipeg. Steve Killelea who founded GPI is the Arthur V. Mauro Centre Distinguished Sol Kanee Lecturer being held at Canadian Museum for Human Rights this Wed. Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. Thanks to the Arthur V. Mauro Centre the lecture is free and open to all.

Steve’s presence here is thanks to a collaboration led by Arthur V Mauro Centre with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Rotary District 5550 World Peace Partners.

Global Peace Index founder Steve Killelea is the Arthur V. Mauro Centre Distinguished Sol Kanee Lecturer at Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Before the Sol Kanee Lecture, Peg and GPI founders will be meeting to explore more deeply how they can continue to work together to advance Positive Peace in the world, community by community. This is important.

If “Positive Peace” is a new term for you, it may help to think “Social Justice” that is built wisely and practically with discipline and training and lots of hard work within and by individuals, institutions, governments and civil society in each community in each country, and where progress or lack of progress is measured.

When we think civil society, think of NGOs and Faith and Humanitarian organizations, Movements, and Educational institutions. Envision all working together from the bottom up in alliance with like minded Business and Professional organizations and the Rotary International Network to build attitudes and infrastructures and systems that nurture getting along, accepting the rights of others, less violence, War Prevention and Positive Peace. Envision governments then following this example.

Rotary has entered a new partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) to enhance its peace and conflict resolution efforts with data-driven methodologies and tools.

If we don’t get serious about committing ourselves to Positive Peace, who will? If we do not act with a sense of urgency in our microcosm of the world, who will?

One of many Peace Poles erected by citizens around the globe. This one sits in St Vital Park, Winnipeg, in the flower garden close to Duck Pond, and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Boniface St. Vital and was unveiled in September 2015 to launch Rotary’s Peace Days Festival that year.

Let’s pull together, and by our actions and outcomes encourage other communities to join the cause. Our diaspora groups are counting on us. Our Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge keepers are encouraging us to do this with love, kindness, humility, courage, respect, truth and honesty.

Rotarians are taught to serve above self and to ask themselves before expressing themselves or acting:

Eduardo da Costa (R) with David G. Newman, at Gandhi statue in front of CMHR. daCosta is Rotary Peace Fellow (Duke/North Carolina 2010/12) from Brazil who is in his 4th year in Winnipeg at Mauro Centre on a Global Grant Scholarship completing his PhD in Peace and Conflict Resolution. He serves on Rotary World Peace Partners and as an Ambassador for the Global Peace Index.

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Enduring universal faith group members are taught to ask themselves before expressing themselves or acting, versions of:  Am I treating others as I want to be treated? (the Golden Rule)

So let’s make each of our families and organizations and spheres of influence such as faith groups, clubs, businesses, systems, institutions and governments pursue Positive Peace following our example.

Come join us! Let’s Be the Change Together. Group opportunities to learn more to advance Positive Peace this month include:

A smile, an act of kindness helping someone in need are all pieces of peace. You can be a peace builder every day. So let’s do it!

To learn more, watch the video below: “PEG – Exploring Connections to the Global Peace Index in partnership with Rotary D5550 World Peace Partners”. Presentations provided by Heather Block (United Way) and Charles Thrift (IISD) representing PEG and exploring connections to the Global Peace Index on Sep 24 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, Canada:

PEG is Winnipeg’s community indicator system, measuring the health of our community year over year – in ways that count. It is the starting place for Winnipeg citizens, educators, policy makers, and many others to learn more about our city so we can lead change to create a better city for our children and their children. Learn more at


Counsel at Pitblado Law. Rotary Volunteer and Peace Ambassador.

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