Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model™
A robust, multi-sector, whole living systems and consciousness model for designing and catalyzing peaceful societies
Definition of the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model: a robust, multi-sector, whole living systems and consciousness model for designing and catalyzing peaceful societies. Its parameters assume society is conscious, dynamic, living, chaordic, intelligent, and progressive.
The Matrix illuminates the core values, virtues, beliefs, worldviews, and consciousness ecosystem forces of a community and identifies the best values, virtues, and practices for peacebuilding within and among the key societal sectors–public, private, and civil society. It leads people to understand problems like poverty, war, inequality, and climate change from both human consciousness and best practices viewpoints.
Human 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 word eiro in Greek means to join or bind together that which has been separated. EIRO’s peacebuilding technology—the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model™— does this by bringing together historically siloed and sometimes hostile sectors, honoring the consciousness forces at work within them, and creating a systems model to understand them. This model is the creative gift of EIRO and its family of peacebuilding programs
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, virtues, beliefs, and best practices; a visual teaching and mapping tool; a peacebuilding technology, and a diagnostic and problemsolving tool.
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 when the society is generating justice, prosperity, and sustainability with higher order consciousness (based in love, compassion, and empathy) 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 field of shared, peace-optimizing values, beliefs and practices. The three sectors are then capable of co-generating justice, prosperity, and sustainability—the pre-cursors for generating sustainable peace. If any one of them is missing, peace will fail to be sustainable. It will also fail without the animating spirit of love, compassion, and empathy and the peace-optimizing forces represented by the Matrix consciousness sphere. When justice, prosperity, and sustainability are generated in a cultural environment of peace-loving values and virtues such as love, compassion, and empathy, the society will be capable of operating as a self-organizing, self-balancing, self-correcting, and flourishing ecosystem of societal peace.
The Matrix is a roadmap to show how to build sustainable societal peace. Guiding a society to generate justice, prosperity, sustainability, and their joint outcome of societal peace is the primary focus of a Matrix methodology. As can be seen from the visual Model, these intersectionalities 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 the superordinate intersection of societal peace. It takes all three outcomes–justice, prosperity, and sustainability–animated by peace-optimizing values and virtues to co-generate societal 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, 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 a well-designed organizational structure following Matrix best practices and principles. The Matrix whole systems model recognizes 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, 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