Dr Scilla Elworthy has written a very timely book entitled The Business Plan For Peace. We can so easily feel paralysed and helpless in the face of the conflicts, division, war and violence that currently inflicts our planet but Elworthy’s message is empowering and positive, the book being described as ‘for all those who want to step out of helplessness and apply their own personal skills to do something about the challenges now facing us.’
The new brand of leaders that we need — those who are actually able to meet the challenges of today and thrive in the world of tomorrow — are the ones who know and live the connection between inner self-development and outer action. If we want to communicate clearly, transform conflicts, generate energy, and develop trust within our families, in our places of work or in government, our first challenge is to do the inner work.
This book describes and references at least 25 proven systems that effectively prevent armed conflict and build safety at local, national and international levels. This is achieved through the methodical application of dialogue, prevention and early intervention, such as preventing the recruitment of suicide bombers in NW Pakistan. Each system is presented in detail, with examples of how it works in practice, followed by the plan of how it can now be implemented at scale.
The current exponential rise in citizen action shows how fast humanity is evolving toward a more awakened, empathic society. The book outlines what anyone who wants to be active to prevent violence and armed conflict can do: 10 actions to take in your community, 14 actions to take nationally and 7 actions to take internationally. It addresses the self-knowledge and inner development that is essential if people are to be effective in their efforts, and provides trusted exercises to develop the skills needed in order to become inspiring builders of peaceful societies.
I include here a short talk by Scilla Elworthy and a link to her website where you will find more information and details of the webinar series that accompanies the book.