Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model™
A robust, multi-sector, living systems and consciousness model for designing and actualizing peaceful societies
Definition of the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model: a robust, multi-sector, living systems and consciousness model for designing and actualizing peaceful societies. Its parameters assume society is conscious, dynamic, living, chaordic, intelligent, and progressive.
The Matrix illuminates the core values, beliefs, and consciousness ecosystem forces of a community. It identifies the best practices for peacebuilding within and among the key societal sectors–public, private, and civil society. It leads people to view problems like poverty, war, inequality, and climate change from both human consciousness and best practices viewpoints. Human consciousness work focuses on values, beliefs and worldviews. It finds 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. Best practices work focuses on existing practices in public, private, and civil society sectors and compares them to best practices for co-creating justice, prosperity, and sustainability to achieve a sustainable ecosystem of peace.
The bringing together of historically siloed and sometimes hostile sectors, honoring the consciousness forces at work within them, and creating a systems model to understand them is the creative gift of Peace Through Commerce and its Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model.
In sum, the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model serves as a peacebuilding systems model to design and actualize peaceful societies; a guide to peace-optimizing values, beliefs, and best practices; a visual teaching and mapping tool; a diagnostic tool; and a peacebuilding technology.
The Goal of the Matrix: achieving an Ecosystem of Societal Peace
The goal of the Matrix is to create an ecosystem of societal peace. The definition of societal peace in Matrix terminology is that time when the society is generating justice, prosperity, and sustainability sufficiently to become a self-organizing, self-balancing, self-correcting, flourishing ecosystem of societal peace.
The thesis behind the Matrix is sustainable societal peace ensues from well-designed public, private, and civil society sectors co-operating (not merely operating) from a place of higher order consciousness and a field of shared, peace-optimizing values, beliefs and practices. The three sectors are then capable of co-generating justice, prosperity, and sustainability—the three necessary but sufficient outcomes to co-generate sustainable peace. Like a three-legged stool, justice, prosperity, and sustainability are all necessary to support sustainable peace. If any one outcome is missing, peace will fail to be sustainable. When all three outcomes are accounted for and made part of the peacebuilding process, the society will be capable of operating as a self-organizing, self-balancing, self-correcting, flourishing ecosystem of societal peace.
Guiding a society to generate justice, prosperity and sustainability becomes the primary focus of a Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model methodology. As can be seen from the visual Model, these necessary outcomes to peace require the cooperation of the societal sectors. Cooperating private and public sectors co-generate prosperity. Cooperating public and civil society sectors co-generate justice. Cooperating civil society and private sectors co-generate sustainability. The Matrix posits that no one or two outcomes alone can generate sustainable peace. It takes all three: justice, prosperity, and sustainability. Peace at all costs is not the goal. Peace without justice, prosperity, or sustainability will not be a lasting, sustainable peace.
As with any healthy, self-organizing, self-balancing, self-correcting ecosystem, no single mind or agency could or should control it. It is not dependent upon coercion, violence or force, but upon free will, voluntary action, and shared values. Citizens within the ecosystem don’t have to be intending to create peace at all. If they are going about their daily activities in a well-designed ecosystem, the totality of their actions will co-generate sustainable peace naturally.
But the larger ecosystem is intentional. It requires Matrix trained leaders, well-versed in system-wide Matrix thinking and best practices to guide, monitor, and curate a Matrix of Peace ecosystem. The Matrix whole systems model recognizes that it maps a living ecosystem which is conscious, dynamic, chaordic, and intelligent, open to evolution, experimentation, and creative growth.
In this worldview, peace is not a static goal but rather a means to an end leading to human flourishing and a healthy universe. Communities do not achieve a “state of peace”, they achieve an “ecosystem of peace,” where peace is the ongoing product of a healthy, well-functioning society. By becoming well versed in Matrix whole systems thinking, key stakeholders can tackle community development in a way that generates sustainable, long-term peace.
Story Behind the Peace Through Commerce and the Matrix
The Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model™ was developed by Peace Through Commerce, Inc. after it launched as a standalone nonprofit in 2009 from parent nonprofit Freedom Lights Our World, Inc. (“FLOW”)®, co-founded by John Mackey (CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market) and Michael Strong. along with founding management team members Philomena Blees and the late Jeff Klein. Susan Niederhoffer, Vidar Jorgensen, and James Von Ehr rounded out the initial board of directors and its thought leaders.
The founding team was frustrated by widespread public unawareness of the power of entrepreneurial capitalism to transform poverty and violence into peace and prosperity. They strove to evolve the public’s understanding of capitalism’s role in problem solving and peacebuilding by emphasizing its ability to operate at higher order levels of consciousness embracing values of love, compassion, and social and environmental consciousness. From these roots, the founding team at Peace Through Commerce as a standalone nonprofit developed the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model.
The new corporation was formed November 9, 2010. The first board of directors were:
- Joyce Beck
- Philomena Blees
- Felora Derakhshani
- Nitsan Gordon
- Barbara Jenkins
- Teri Johnson-Sapp