What does

it take to live

in peace?

It’s time to take peace seriously. Violence costs the world over $14 trillion annually[1] and affects millions of families. Peace research often emphasizes ending conflict, but to promote peace, we need to learn from communities that have sustained harmony over time. We should divest in war and invest in peace.

[1] Source visionofhumanity.org

Peace exists today, in these societies.

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Name

Description

Internally Peaceful Society
Nonwarring Societies
Peace System
Internally Peaceful Society
Nonwarring Societies
Peace System

The above map illustrates internally peaceful societies, or societies characterized by very little physical aggression among community members and beliefs in nonviolence; nonwarring societies, or communities that do not engage in armed combat; and peace systems, defined as groups of neighboring societies that do not make war with each other. Through archaeological evidence and field visits, anthropologist Douglas P. Fry has spent decades researching the above societies to better understand features of peace. More information on these societies can be found in his book, The Human Potential for Peace.

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