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Catalyzing ecosystems of societal peace.
Who we are
Peace Through Commerce is a program of EIRO™– a strategic, global, and educational nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating a world where all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The word eiro in Greek means to join or bind together that which has been separated. EIRO’s society and peacebuilding technology—the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model™—does this by bringing together historically siloed and sometimes hostile sectors, finding shared values, and using systems solutions to generate widespread flourishing for all life. This model and the Matrix of Peace theory are the creative gifts of EIRO and its family of programs.
EIRO powers its proprietary programs Peace Through Commerce® and Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs® along with incubated programs it has launched such as Shakti Leadership™, Future Frontiers™, and Radical Social Entrepreneurs™ using Matrix whole-systems solutions to society and peacebuilding.
Matrix of Peace Theory and Model: our technology and value-add to the world
The Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model is a robust, multi-sector, consciousness model of society. Its purpose is to create an ecosystem of societal peace. Its goal is widespread flourishing of all life. The parameters of the model assume society is a conscious, dynamic, chaordic®, intelligent, and progressive ecosystem, open to evolution, experimentation, creative growth, and decay.
The creation of the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model led to three key developmental tools for society building: a theory, a diagrammatic model of society, and a technology for applying the theory. The three tools have become known as Matrix of Peace Systems.
The theory behind the Matrix model is a fully-realized, coherent, whole systems theory of society building. It states that an ecosystem of societal peace ensues from public, private, and civil society sectors co-operating (not merely operating) from a field of shared values to generate justice, prosperity, and sustainability–with sustainability referring to environmental, economic, and social long-term well-being. It leads people to understand problems like poverty, war, inequality, and climate change from both human consciousness and best practices viewpoints. It points out areas of values-agreement and guides stakeholders to create new solutions to age-old problems from a different level of consciousness than that which created them. Matrix theory outlines the biology and cosmology of peace, and, we believe, goes a long way to helping humanity unlock the operating code for long-term peace. It describes EIRO’s Theory of Change for achieving societal peace.
Matrix technology operationalizes Matrix theory to achieve healthy ecosystems of societal peace in two disciplines: 1) education and training in the theory, and 2) consulting, convening, and curating Matrix-grounded work in society building and peacebuilding. Matrix practitioners use five Matrix design goals for society building, and they use an intelligent, heart-centered nine-step methodology for peacebuilding and problem-solving.
The definition of societal peace in Matrix terminology is that time when society is generating sufficient outcomes of justice, prosperity, and sustainability to maintain an ecosystem of societal peace and flourishing. In this framework, peace is not a static goal but rather a means to an end leading to widespread flourishing for all life. Communities do not achieve a “state of peace,” they achieve an “ecosystem of peace” where peace is the ongoing outcome of a healthy, well-functioning society. It is fed by peace-optimizing values and virtues such as love, compassion, and empathy.
In short, EIRO is a dedicated team of peace-thinkers and peacebuilders in the “mind-changing” business.
Peace Through Commerce launches the #IAmAPeaceBuilder Campaign
Peace Through Commerce’s Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs “AWEsome” Fellowship Program brings together women in the Middle East to showcase how entrepreneurship can transform conflict into healing and prosperity.
PTC at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo, December 2018
PTC is honored to be one of the title event partners of the Forum, where we utilized our model to analyze issues related to “How to Solve the Climate Crisis?”.
Philomena Blees, CEO, presenting the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model
PTC premiered its peacebuilding model at the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Minneapolis, to amplify the work of Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and his mission to end child trafficking.
How We Work in the World
CONVENE & EDUCATE
We bring together leaders, organizations, businesses and ideas to catalyze new, multi-sector approaches to accelerate peacebuilding.
PARTNER & CONSULT
We collaborate with partners in peace-building and work with clients from different sectors to create context-specific solutions for advancing peace and prosperity.
ON THE GROUND PROGRAMS
In Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs (“AWE”) program, we honor women entrepreneurs as key change-makers to bringing whole systems peacebuilding to life. Visit our honored Shakti Leadership Incubator and AWE Fellowship pages!
I believe business leaders can liberate the extraordinary power of business and commerce to create a world in which all people live lives full of purpose, love, and creativity- a world of compassion, freedom, and prosperity. I endorse Peace Through Commerce because it is dedicated to teaching the principles that animate how commerce, consciousness, and law can work inter-dependently to achieve sustainable peace. I wholeheartedly endorse PTC and encourage others to give PTC their support.
John Mackey, Co-CEO and Co-Founder
Whole Foods Market
I am deeply inspired by the wonderful work being done by the deeply committed and visionary leaders of Peace Through Commerce.
Raj Sisodia, FW Olin Distinguished Professor
Global Business, Babson College
We couldn’t have been better supported by Peace Through Commerce’s creative and strategic team and the
ground breaking ideas they advance through the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model.
Gina Torry, Executive Director
2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum