Measuring peace at the global and national level allows us to assess the social, political and economic factors that create peace. Each year the Institute for Economics & Peace produces the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of national peacefulness, ranking 163 countries according to their levels of peace.
The story of how the Institute for Economics & Peace started begins with Steve Killelea, who as a successful technology business man, became “an accidental man of peace”.
It was during his surfing travels in poorer countries troubled with conflict, he became curious which countries were the opposite and the most peaceful. He found no material or report existed, and of the very few quantitative studies of peace, they were in fact studies of conflict.
Steve took action and he created the Global Peace Index. Today these indices are used throughout the world, in research, awareness and public policy. Steve talks about Positive Peace and how peace can be achieved through trust.
This World Made Good interview was recorded February 2019. Interviewer Irene Ross
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