Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) – investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs. Address: Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA.
Global Coherence Initiative – a science-based, co-creative project to unite people in heart-focused care and intention, to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace. Founded by the Institute of HeartMath to explore what happens when we are in sync with each other. Address: Boulder Creek, CA 95006 USA.
The Peace Innovation Lab – an initiative from Stanford University’s Persuasive Technology Lab casting a spotlight on how technology and emerging social behaviors and insights are promoting new paths to global peace.
ICT for Peace Foundation – the ICT4Peace Foundation aims to enhance the performance of the international community in crisis management through the use of Information Communications Technologies (ICT’s) that facilitates effective communication between peoples, communities and stakeholders involved in crisis management, humanitarian aid, and peacebuilding. Address: Geneve, Switzerland.
Nonprofit Technology Network – a community transforming technology into social change. They provide professional development opportunities, and spearhead research, advocacy, and education on technology issues. Address: Portland, OR 97205 USA.
MobileActive – organizing social change with the help of mobile phones and text messages. A global network of people using mobile technology for social impact.
CompuMentor – non-profit organization specializing in technology assistance for community-based organizations and schools. Address: San Francisco, CA 94107, USA.
Plugged In – Plugged In Enterprises trains underprivileged teenagers in the latest web design technology. The teenagers then use their skills to operate a web page design business that creates web sites for community members and paying commercial clients. Address: East Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA.
Center for Alternative Technology – solutions to some of the most serious challenges facing our planet and the human race, such as climate change, pollution and the waste of precious resources. Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ, UK.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) – a non-profit group of passionate people; lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries, working to protect your digital rights. Defending freedom in the digital world. Address: San Francisco, CA 94110, USA.
World Peace Organizations:
Buckminster Fuller Institute – working to further R. Buckminster Fuller’s vision “to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” His writings include “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth” and “Critical Path”, two profound attempts to bring peace and prosperity to the world. His inventions include the Geodesic Dome (utilizing basic geometical shapes in design) and the Dymaxion Map of the World (developed as the first world projection to show the continents on a flat surface without visible distortion, and to show the earth as being essentially one island in one ocean). Buckminster Fuller dedicated his life to making things better for humanity. He believed that many of humankind’s problems could be solved through the wholesale adoption of new technologies and by studying the efficiency of nature and making better use of the planet’s resources. Buckminster Fuller is one of the best examples of someone who invented technology to create world peace.
Overview Institute – promoting and studying the effects of seeing the Earth from space, or the Overview Effect. They encourage “thinking about populations, places, and problems as highly interconnected. It’s the opposite of targeted, focused advocacy, especially if that advocacy comes at the expense of other areas of need. Belief in the need for collaboration underpins an Overview philosophy. It posits that exposure to space travel has tremendous power to inspire sincere enthusiasm to solve big, interrelated environmental and social problems facing the world.” The institute is made up of astronauts, writers, artists, activists, and people in the space business. They believe that the Overview Effect will change the world.
Fragile Oasis – a grassroots initiative to connect the orbital perspective of astronauts who live and work in space with people who want to make a difference here on Earth. Fragile Oasis has several projects, including one that focuses on cooperation called Unity Node, which is working to unify efforts to provide collaborative platforms, and is striving to create a universal open source platform for global collaboration.
Metta Center for Nonviolence – aims to build “beloved community” where differences are celebrated and unity is at the heart level. The mission of the Metta Center is to promote the transition to a nonviolent future by making the logic, history, and yet-unexplored potential of nonviolence available to activists and agents of cultural change. They see that humanity is awakening to the underlying truth of our existence, which is our fundamental unity with one another and all of life, and are actively supporting that awakening. They were educating people at the center Peace Pavillion at the 2012 How Weird Street Faire.
Albert Einstein Institution – a non-profit organization advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. Their goals are to understand the dynamics of nonviolent action in conflicts, to explore its policy potential, and to communicate this through print and other media, translations, conferences, consultations, and workshops. The Albert Einstein Institution was founded by Dr. Gene Sharp, whose strategies in nonviolent revolution have changed the world.
Musicians Without Borders – uses the power of music to promote respect and tolerance among people and communities and to help create a peaceful, global society. The initiative was based on the idea of using musical traditions in areas of severe ethnic tensions in order to help create mutual understanding and respect. Musicians without Borders believes in the power of music to create moments of inspiration and interconnection that can deeply affect both listeners and performers. Musicians without Borders initiates projects that bridge differences of culture, ethnicity, and ideology and help to create a culture of peace. “If we can sing together, we can live together.” Address: Alkmaar, Netherlands.
Music Corps – a Peace Corps with music, because “music saves lives.” A national non-profit organization and movement that supports music as a strategy for public good. Address: San Francisco, CA 94127 USA.
Musicians’ Alliance for Peace (MAP) – a global effort to fill the world with music as a call for peace and justice. Organizes the Music for Peace Project, an annual global event of Concerts for Peace from March to April. The Music for Peace Project creates a global celebration of peace and provides a voice for the vibrant community that believes in peaceful solutions for the future. They believe that music has the power to inspire compassion and foster understanding between cultures while deepening the bonds that form our communities. Address: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5475, USA.
New Songs for Peace – this UNESCO-endorsed project is intended to encourage people to think about peace, talk about peace, and write a new song about peace. These new songs will promote peace, cultural acceptance, and understanding for those who work towards peace throughout the world.
Students’ Music for Peace – gives students of all ages the excitement of exchanging individual peace messages through music with students in other countries. The excitement of sending their music is exceeded only when they receive music back, reflecting the style and culture of other countries. It can be a powerful learning experience. The website includes a student peace picture exchange, essay exchange, and music exchange. It is a project of Art for Peace. Address: Lake Worth, FL 33467, USA.
Earthdance – taking place simultaneously in over 222 cities in over 50 countries around the world, Earthdance is the world’s largest synchronized event, with the entire world playing the song “Prayer for Peace” at the same time. It is a profound and powerful moment that unifies the intentions of world peace and healing. Give peace a dance!
Create Peace Project – an arts-education and peace promotion not-profit organization, fostering global self-awareness and strengthening community through creativity. Based in San Francisco.
Creativity Cafe’s “KidCast For Peace: Solutions For a Better World” – a telecommunications activity in which kids meet in videoconferences several times a year to share their heart and ideas for making the world a happier, healthier, and more peaceful/safer planet. The kids create analog and digital art, animation, websites, etc. that demonstrate suggestions for improving Earth and its peoples. They participated at the 2005 How Weird Street Faire.
Pace e Bene – transforming lives and our world through non-violence education, resources, and action. They work with individuals, organizations, and movements to strengthen their efforts to end war, protect human rights, challenge injustice, and to meet today’s profound spiritual task: to build a more just and peaceful world. Address: 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612 USA.
Musical Peace – an inspiring site with art and ideas, raising an awareness of peace through music. “Music can be an amazing bridge between people, transcending all manners of prejudices.”
Peace Museum – dedicated to peace through the arts. The first and only of its kind in the United States, exploring the impact of war and peace through the arts. Address: Chicago, Illinois 60624, USA.
The Department Of Peace – Participate in an historic citizen effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace. This legislation was introduced into the U.S. Senate (S. 1756) and re-introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3760) in September of 2005.
National Peace Foundation – is a non-governmental membership organization concerned with the development and implementation of conflict resolution education and training in the United States, and with peacebuilding and democracy-building internationally. Address: Washington D.C. 20006, USA.
International Peace Bureau – the world’s oldest and most comprehensive international peace network with 188 member organizations in 53 countries. IPB acts as a clearing house for information, links peace activists across borders, has consultative status with the United Nations, organizes meetings, conferences, and events. The International Peace Bureau was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910. Address: Geneva, Switzerland.
Pathways to Peace Organization – the purpose of Pathways to Peace Organization is to ignite the collective will of humanity to make peace a practical reality in the 21st Century, to build cooperation among existing organizations and programs which demonstrate peace in its multifold expressions. Address: Larkspur, CA 94977, USA.
The King Center – established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the King Center is the living memorial and institutional guardian of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of peace and non-violence. Address: Atlanta, GA 30312, USA.
M.K. Gandhi Institute – promotes and applies the principles of non-violence locally, nationally, and globally, to prevent violence and resolve personal and public conflicts through research, education, and programming. The Institute, founded by Arun Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) and his wife Sunanda, was established to promote and teach the philosophy and practice of non-violence to help reduce the violence that consumes our hearts, our homes, and our societies. Address: Memphis, Tennessee 38104, USA.
A Peace Pilgrim – Shine A Light For Peace, Steps Toward Inner Peace, and much more are on Bruce Nichols’ website.
World Peace Globe Headquarters – Rebecca Nova is the artist who made the Peace Globe for the United Nations. The website features a Peace Globe, which shows conflicts in the world.
PeaceOnEarth.info – dedicated to promoting visions, dreams and blueprints for peace on earth… in order to help create a culture of peace in which individuals, communities and nations decide to work together to build a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. The site has a vast collection of peace resources, including links and peace music.
Green Dove – dedicated to being a presence for peace, offering connections to individuals, organizations, resources, and current events. The website has extensive peace and environmental resources. Address: Bloomington, IN 47407, USA.
A Better World – advocating artistic activism, The Association of Artists for A Better World is a non-profit organization to inform, encourage, and stimulate artist awareness of social, cultural, and ecological issues; create an information avenue to communicate their words through their art form; and organize, promote, and present events which allow artists to express their thoughts on important issues and let their words be known. Address: Toronto, Ontario M3J-3J2, Canada.
Culture of Peace News Network – a global network of interactive Internet sites in many languages where readers exchange information about events, experiences, books, music, and web news that promote a culture of peace. It is a project of the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
May Peace Prevail on Earth – a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to spreading the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. Programs include the Peace Pole Project, Peace Pals, Youth for Peace, World Peace Festival, and others. Address: The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY 12592, USA.
SERVAS – an international peace organization and hospitality network that tries to promote peace through personal contacts. Members stay at the homes of other members. It is an opportunity for travellers and hosts to participate in other cultures. Address: Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia.
International Institute For Peace Through Tourism – a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. It is based on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism, becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace”. Address: Stowe, Vermont 05672, USA.
The World Citizen Foundation – a non-profit non-partisan think-tank dedicated to the design of solutions to international problems. The website lists resources on world citizenship, world government, and world law. Address: New York, NY 10017, USA.
World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) – addresses critical problems such as conflict resolution, human rights, and development. It has chapters in 32 countries and it promotes peace in cooperation with the United Nations and other major agencies. International address: United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017, USA.
The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) – an international, spiritually-based movement composed of people who, from the basis of a belief in the power of love and truth, work to create justice and restore community. We are committed to active nonviolence as a way of life and as a means of transformation; personal, social, economic, and political. Address: Alkmaar, 1815 BK, The Netherlands.
Global Meditations Network – Barbara Wolf runs this well-known website for peace meditations. Newsletters are a wonderful source of global networking.
The Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace – focuses on helping to build a better world for our children, and to advance peace in the world. Address: Okotoks, AB T1S 1A4, Canada.
The Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) – a non-profit institution whose mission is to promote the use of peaceful conflict resolution techniques among a generation of future leaders through the design and implementation of unique programs and services. Address: Washington D.C. 20005, USA.
The World Peace Experiment – seeks to shift the world’s perception of “good and evil” to a perception of love. Address: Concord, CA 94524, USA.
Peace Magazine – Peace Magazine is published by Canadian Disarmament Information Service (CANDIS), a non-profit organization. Address: Toronto, ON M5S 2S7, Canada.
World Peace Newsletter -the online resource for internal peace, external peace, and world peace. Peace within means peace without.
PeaceWeb – a national non-profit organization that provides peacebuilding workshops, performances, training sessions, and research presentations. It was began in 1982 as The National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution. Address: Tucson, AZ 85719, USA.
Transcend Peace University – the world’s first online global peace university, for policy makers, practitioners, scholars, students, UN staff and others working in peace building, conflict transformation, post-war reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation, development, human rights, and other related fields. Address: Romania.
Schumacher College – an international centre for ecological studies based in southwest England. A place for holistic learning. People aged 20-80 come from all over the world to attend. Practising health workers, NGO workers, educators, organisational consultants, etc. Scholarships available for US citizens. Contact: Dartington, Devon TQ9 6EA, UK.
Peace Blogs – features 2272 blogs have joined us, from an astonishing 72 countries. It is no longer expanding.
Promoting Enduring Peace – conducts peace education activities to promote sustainable world peace. Address: New Haven, CT 06511, USA.
A Passion for Peace – will you write a poem, prayer, article, story, song, or letter about some aspect of peacemaking, from inner peace to world peace, and share it with others?
Peace Learning Center – a proactive force for transformation and positive change in the community through holistic peace education initiatives. Address: Indianapolis, IN 46254, USA.
Environmentalists Against War – a coalition of environmental organizations and individuals that opposes war. Stop the war against the planet and all its peoples. Address: Berkeley, CA 94701, USA.
Veterans for Peace -a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization of vets dedicated to increasing public awareness of peace. Main address: St. Louis, MO 63105, USA.
Women for Peace – women dedicated to the cause of international disarmament. Address: Berkeley, CA 94704, USA.
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) – an independent non-profit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists. They augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world. National Headquarters: Cambridge, MA 02238, USA.
PeaceJam – an international education program built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. The goal of PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform their local communities, themselves and the world. Address: Arvada, CO 80002, USA.
Seeds of Peace – empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. Treaties are negotiated by governments. Peace is made by people. Headquarters: New York, NY 10017, USA.
The Decade For A Culture Of Non-Violence – an apeal to humanity by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.
US Institute of Peace – an independent non-partisan national institution established and funded by Congress to help prevent, manage, and resolve international conflicts by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by our direct involvement in peacebuilding efforts around the world. Address: Washington, DC 20036, USA.
United Nations – founded in our own hometown, San Francisco, we feel a bond to the global body of nations. Their primary aim is to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors. Preserving world peace is a central purpose of the United Nations. Under the Charter, Member States agree to settle disputes by peaceful means and refrain from threatening or using force against other States. While it hasn’t stopped war yet, it is a good idea.
Environmental Groups With A World Peace Agenda:
Greenpeace – the premier worldwide environmental group that champions such causes as: climate changes, toxins, nuclear disarmament, ocean preservation, genetic engineering controversies, ocean dumping, and saving the forests. Address: Washington, DC 20009, USA.
Peace Boat – a “floating village” onboard a passenger vessel where people ride together to discuss global issues such as peace, human rights, the environment, and sustainable development. You are invited to participate. Contact: Tokyo, Japan.
World Wildlife Fund – known worldwide by its panda logo, WWF is the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organization with 4.7 million supporters and a global network active in some 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to protect nature and the biological diversity that we all need to survive. Address: Washington, DC 20077-7180, USA.
Circle of Life – operates from a deep belief in the interdependence and interconnection of all life, transforming the way humans interact with the Earth and with all living beings. Circle of Life takes a stand for peace, justice, and environmental sustainability, while spreading the inspiring messages of Julia Butterfly Hill. Address: Oakland, California, USA.
Global Exchange – “Building people to people ties.” Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world. Address: San Francisco, California 94110, USA.