Want to make the world
a better place?
“Criticize by Creating”
Peace Through Commerce
Peace is one of FLOW’s most important goals. Without
when people are being killed or living under the threat of being killed,
aspirations towards prosperity, happiness, well-being, and sustainability
to the urgency of preserving life itself.
Entrepreneurial capitalism in a context of
economic freedom leading to economic growth within countries and economic
integration between countries, may be the most powerful force for peace
on earth. While
other relevant factors and supporting institutions, such as democracy
and international organizations, the theme of “Peace through Commerce” has
been sadly neglected for the past hundred years.
After more than a century of mutual hostilities,
since 1945 France and Germany have integrated their economies and found
nearly a century of terrorism and violence, Northern Ireland has found
peace as the Irish economic miracle spilled over into Northern Ireland
and dramatically reduced unemployment there. Despite the various
grounds for conflict around the world, as people become engaged in productive,
satisfying lives in which they are confident that they can give their
children a better life than they had, instigators of hatred and violence
will steadily find
fewer and fewer supporters.
FLOW is working in collaboration with OpenWorld to
develop innovative Free Trade Zones, which embody the principles
of Conscious Capitalism and provide substantial
benefits to local communities.
Following are links to articles,
organizations, and other resources with information to deepen understanding
of the power of economic freedom, prosperity, entrepreneurial initiative,
and trade to advance peace. Please let
us know if you are aware of other significant sources.
Million Paths to Peace, by Michael Strong, CEO & Chief
Visionary Officer, FLOW
Terrorism: A Socio-Economic Strategy, by Major Miemie
Winn Byrd, US Pacific Command
Towerd Peace: A Sri Lankan Example by Mark Frazier,
CEO, Openworld, Inc.
by Erik A. Gartzke, Associate Professor of Political
Science, Columbia University
Freedom of the World: 2006 Annual Report, published
by the Fraser Institute
- Hernando De Soto's Institute
- AACSB International's Peace
Through Commerce survey and conference
Freedom & Growth: The Case of the Celtic Tiger,
by Benjamin Powell, published in the Cato Journal, Winter 2003
Council for Peace supports women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan
and Rwanda to create sustainable businesses.
Alert is an independent peacebuilding organisation
working in over 20 countries and territories
around the world.