Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model™
A whole systems model to create just, prosperous, and sustainable societies generating widespread flourishing of all life
Definition of the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model: 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. Its parameters assume society is a conscious, dynamic, chaordic, intelligent, and progressive ecosystem, open to evolution, experimentation, creative growth, and decay. Matrix theory outlines a new biology and cosmology of peace, and we believe will guide humanity to unlock the operating code for long-term peace.
The Matrix illuminates the peace-optimizing values and best practices for a society in its key sectors: public, private, and civil society. It leads people to understand problems like pandemics, poverty, war, inequality, and climate change from both human consciousness and best practices viewpoints.
Consciousness work focuses on values, virtues, 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 the public, private, and civil society sectors and compares them to best practices for generating justice, prosperity, and sustainability: the three necessary but sufficient conditions to maintain ecosystems of societal peace.
The word eiro in Greek means to join or bind together that which has been separated. EIRO’s technology—the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model™— does this by bringing together historically siloed and sometimes hostile sectors, finding shared values, and using intelligent and heart-centered systems solutions to generate widespread flourishing of all life. This model is the creative gift of EIRO and its family of society building and peacebuilding programs.
In sum, the Matrix model serves three key functions for society building: a whole-systems theory for society and peacebuilding, the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model, and Matrix technology for applying the theory through education, training, and a methodology.
Matrix theory describes the Theory of Change and operations that lead to healthy ecosystems of societal peace creating widespread flourishing of all life. Matrix technology operationalizes Matrix theory in two disciplines as follows:
- Education and training. Matrix theory forms the curriculum for society and peacebuilding. It provides a guide to the component parts of society making up an ecosystem of societal peace: sectors, intersections, practices, and consciousness forces like values, beliefs, and worldviews. The Matrix Venn diagram visually and functionally illustrates the interworkings, overarching schema, and key concepts of sustainable peacebuilding. Matrix theory forms the basis for training Matrix practitioners, preparing citizens to be peace-thinkers, and preparing youth to be future-ready to achieve peaceful, prosperous, and happy lives.
- Consulting, convening, and curating Matrix-grounded work. Matrix practitioners use five Matrix design goals for building sustainable, just, and prosperous societies. They use an intelligent, heart-centered nine-step methodology for peacebuilding and problem-solving. The methodology incorporates the Matrix model as a diagnostic and simulation tool to assess and address conditions leading to societal problems. These processes lead to gap analysis and whole-systems solution generation.
The Goal of the Matrix: Achieving Ecosystems of Societal Peace Generating Widespread Flourishing of All Life
The goal of the Matrix is to create an ecosystem of societal peace producing widespread flourishing of all life. A Matrix definition of societal peace is functional: that time when society is generating sufficient outcomes of justice, prosperity, and sustainability to maintain an ecosystem of societal peace. It is fed by peace-optimizing values and virtues such as love, compassion, and empathy. It is self-organizing and self-correcting.
Matrix of Peace theory predicts sustainable societal peace ensues from well-functioning public, private, and civil society sectors co-operating (not merely operating) from a field of shared values to co-generate justice, prosperity, and sustainability–the foundations of societal peace. Like a strong three-legged stool, justice, prosperity, and sustainability are all necessary to support sustainable peace. If any one of them is missing, peace will fail to be sustainable. It will also fail without the nourishing consciousness forces of peace-optimizing values and virtues. But when justice, prosperity, sustainability and peace-optimizing consciousness forces are present, the society will be capable of operating as an ecosystem of societal peace and widespread flourishing of all life.
The Matrix is a roadmap to peace. You work your way from the outside circles through the intersections until you arrive at the superordinate intersection of societal peace. The visual model shows the intersections of justice, prosperity, and sustainability are the gateways to peace. 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 the superordinate intersection of societal peace. It takes all three outcomes–justice, prosperity, and sustainability–nourished by peace-optimizing values and virtues to co-generate societal peace.
A Matrix society is a healthy self-organizing, self-correcting ecosystem. It is not dependent upon coercion, violence or force, but upon free will, voluntary action, and shared peace-optimizing values, virtues, beliefs, worldviews, and practices. 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 societal peace naturally.
But the larger ecosystem is intentional. It requires well-designed organizational and mediating structures based on the best practices known for widespread flourishing of all life. The Matrix model recognizes it maps a living ecosystem which is conscious, dynamic, chaordic, intelligent, and progressive, open to evolution, experimentation, creative growth, and decay.
In this worldview, 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. 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, empathy, 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