Economic Road to Peace

See #39 for information on colleges and universities offering Economic programs. (added 1-17-2012)

Here are suggested issues in your personal life and in governments whose result can be a matter of choice. Pick one to work on as you take this journey into the Interactive Peace Museum.

An Economic Issue

1. Big corporations have influenced your Governing Body to make regulations which small businesses cannot possibly adhere to. How do you save your business?

2. Big corporations are being allowed to export jobs to other countries because the labor is cheaper there (including child labor) and the environmental controls are less.

Choose one:
a) What can the citizens of the country exporting jobs do? or……

b) What can the citizens of the other countries do to stop the exploitation of their people and their environment?

3. A large energy corporation is planning to drill gas wells all around your farm, which is your home and business and you don’t want this to happen. What can you do to make them stop?

or choose your own issue. Make sure to state the issue clearly. Write it out on a piece of paper.
In fact, you might want to jot down the various paths you have taken as you venture through the Museum.

After you have picked one issue to work on, scroll down and pick three things you could do to resolve this issue. If you would like to read a prayer before going on, click here. If you would like to walk a labyrinth to meditate on your issue before starting, click here. One way to walk the labyrinth which you might like: First circle: state your issue, Second Circle: state the emotions around the issue. Third Circle: State the physical and economic ramifications of your issue. Fourth Circle: How does this issue effect you personally and spiritually? Fifth Circle: Ask whoever is your highest power to help you. Sixth Circle: You get a manifestation. It may be what you already thought, but it may be something completely different. Seventh Circle: You get the first step. Middle: Relax-don’t think. As you come out of the labyrinth, in each circle think about what you learned. Peace!

Economic Techniques and Steps

1. Below are various techniques & steps you may choose to take to address your Economic Issue.
Click on the three which you think would be most helpful.

2. After picking the three techniques/steps you think would be most helpful, research each by
a) Clicking on the suggested web links and
b) Research each technique/step on the web; in your library; with an expert of your choice.

3. If you would like to clarify your learning:
a. List your issue.
b. List the three choices you made and detail the research you have done on each.
c. State why you think that step or technique will work or not work. You might want to consider some of the questions
below in your analysis:
1. Is the step pro-active or reactive?
2. Can the step be done by yourself or do you need to create or join an organization?
3. Does the step mean that the culture in which you live has to change? In what way?
4. Does the step mean that the structure of your government has to change? In what way?
5. Is this a step to be taken world-wide, country-wide or on a smaller basis?
6. If this is a step you can take by yourself, what are the risks involved?
d. State what you think the results of your intervention will be.
e. State what you might want to do next, if anything. (form a discussion group through email or in your geographic area) do further research?

4. If you would like send your summary in an email to the author of the Interactive Peace Museum. I would be happy to learn from you what you think of the Interactive Peace Museum, what you liked about it, and what could be improved. Thanks for thinking Peace!

If you have techniques or steps and links you think would be useful in this website, please email them to me. Thanks!

1. Research the Economics of Peace (new entry 01-25-2010) features/opportunities/the- institute-for-economics-and-peace-building-blocks-of-peace/?searchterm=None
2. Sign up to join the Army, Navy or Marines. That way you don’t have to worry about your finances. You can get an education after your stint in the service – leading to a better job. (rev. 01-25-2010) _item/item_id/871724-How–to-Become-a-Soldier,2697,65151,00.html
3. Learn about sustainable development and create a project using the principles. For information about sustainable development: (rev. 01-25-2010)
4. Use a name (e.g. PeaceWorks) for certifying equitable produce. Whoever buys the PeaceWorks can be sure that the product was purchased at a fair price, covering production expenses as well as meeting the basic needs of grower’s families in terms of food, health and education. Development bonuses are invested in economic and social community projects.
5. Vote to finance a war against the countries which are producing products that are made with child labor, without decent working conditions and harming the environment.
6. Establish groups which are committed to exposing practices of multi-national big corporations. Practices such as: giving priority to economic considerations over social responsibility, decent working conditions, basic environmental concern. Exposing such practices and making consumers aware that what they buy often has a cost in environmental or human terms.
7. Call, visit or email your elected representatives on issues of concern: join groups which watchdog current legislation, corporation and government practices sothat you are up to date on the issues.
8. Discuss with your friends, colleagues, families why the current economic principals are threatening world peace. (rev. 01-25-2010) library/article.aspx?article=8272 9. Create a Peace Festival. Invite small businesses which are producing products in an environmentally friendly way. Have music for peace. Include Illustrations of peaceful ways to negotiate disagreements; examples of sustainable development: water, energy, housing, transportation.
10. Establish an association which builds public awareness in matters of global finance; an association which champions human and social values against the profit- making logic of the markets and multinational corporations. Campaign for democratic regulators to be set up which allow people to have their say when decisions are made that will effect their future. csgr/research/abstracts/abwp8802/ en_issues.shtml?x=15193&AA_EX_Session=
afec704fdeea713fa74a19ee9372e483 See the documentary: The Future of Food added 01-27-2010)
11. Lower your prices. Cut out fringe benefits for your employees so you can compete.
12. Abolish economic systems which structurally produce hunger. Establish international regulators for the safety of the environment everywhere.
13. Develop a Peace & Social Forum to discuss ways to a peaceful economy and environmentally friendly small businesses. (added 01.25.2010) added 01-25-2010

14. Encourage retail shops here and abroad to sell third world handicraft and food whose environmentally friendly production is in compliance with Human Rights requirements. Establish cooperatives in third world countries to produce these goods.

15. Encourage the development of solar energy, fuel cell energy, and conservation of energy in the United States and Europe. Establish an international regulatory committee for the encouragement of renewable energy sources and conservation of energy. and
16. Promote, call for and develop peace education in schools.
17. Study and find out how to make environmentally friendly housing for poor people. Show how to mix cement, clay and water to make adobe blocks. Families living in shantytown dwellings will have healthy permanent houses. In return they just have to fulfill one condition: making others able to avail themselves of this opportunity. viewarchive/worldview44.html
18. Get a list of products made with child labor and publish it. Picket in front of stores selling such products, telling customers which of the products sold there are made with child labor. Don’t buy anything made with child labor.
19. Promote, call for and develop peace education in our communities, organizations and media. and
20. Create a petition and get people to sign it.
21. Grow Your Own Candidates: Fed up with the conduct of your elected representatives? Form a group and Grow Your Own Candidates. Get the issues you want discussed out there. And Vote!
22. Realize that boycotting products made by child labor and low paid workers in third world countries can be damaging to the developing country. Instead, protest to targeting corporate images, inviting companies to abide by socially responsible codes. /archives/199902/msg00496.html Library/Reports_Publications/2001/2001_ NTE_Report/asset_upload_file117_ 6552.pdf
23. Develop a bank which loans money to economically disadvantaged people who do not have assets. homepage/microfinance%20report.pdf
24. Read all the rules and regulations pertaining to the subject. Document and photograph the non-compliance with the law. Put the results on your website. Go to the Press.
25.. Find a third person who is friendly with both of you and ask them to intervene. publication.cfm?ctype=paper&item_id=355
26. Do nothing.’s_ Poems_2/In_Torment.htm
27. Social Investments were initiated in the U.S. in the 1920’s. Europeans had to wait until the 1980’s before they could invest in morally, socially, and environmentally correct companies. A socially controlled economy allows investors to live up to their principles. Instead of giving their support to companies that turn out weapons, pollute the environment or have something to do with tobacco, alcohol, gambling or child labor in third world sweatshops.
28. Create an Association for the Development of Rural Communities. Supervise small-sized, low-cost projects adapted to farmer’s financial possibilities rather than abide by the far too ambitious and intervention prone international expert’s development schemes.
29. Work for people who are in charge of the economy and do whatever they say to do.
30. Work together for a “socially correct” certification in order to promote Human Rights among exploited workers. Build consumer awareness about purchasing goods produced under degrading conditions. Consumers are invited to bring pressure to bear on retailers. “Socially Correct” certificates are printed on goods produced without child-labor, for decent wages and working conditions. http://www.financialexpress.
31. Establish a Credit Cooperative for Small Scale Productions in connection with micro banking. For more information: /jan04/leveraging.htm
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32. Develop equitable trade markets with other countries. OpenDocument nov/nov-cop-8.htm
33. Grant loans to the disadvantaged only at normal market rates and without insisting on security. Small loans funding small-scale projects. This is the micro credit system, recognized by the World Bank.

34 Make sure the third world country has fixed wages below the subsistence level and imposes backbreaking production rates.
35. Have your government pass a resolution stating a set of standards that must be applied for companies relocating in developing countries. This is the first step in establishing a “socially correct” certification. For more information:

36. Tired? Visit one of the many peaceful gardens around the world.

37. Form an independent trade union established to represent the interests of self-employed and survivalist women. reducingpoverty/Session-E2-EmpoweringPoorWomen.html
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154155~theSitePK:459661,00.html http://www.developmentinpractice.
38. Ask an expert in Conflict Resolution to work with you and the other party. For information about Conflict Resolution. (rev. 01-25-2010) groups/public/documents/un/ unpan001363.pdf
39. Research colleges and universities with Economic majors: recv’d 1-9-2012: “I created as a resource for new college students to find in-depth and unbiased information about picking the right Economics degree to fit their needs. I spent a good amount of time researching each school and providing information to find the best program to fit their needs. The right side-bar of my site also offers helpful career related information. I’m hoping that after you take a look, you’ll think its a valuable enough resource to include a link to my site in your list ofresources. Thank you for taking a look!” Molly Mitchell
40. added 10-1-12: Sustainable Economics and Business – many articles and ideas!
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