Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model
A positively disruptive, pioneering technology for designing peaceful and prosperous communities.
The MOP is a highly researched and theoretical systems model.
Practicing the PTC–MOP
- Illuminates the core values and consciousness ecosystem forces of a community
- Identifies the best practices for peace building within and among the private, public and civil society sectors
- Serves as a visual teaching tool illustrating how sectors combine to co-create peace
- Serves as an assessment tool for mapping the dominant level of consciousness in each sector, and diagnosing and correcting imbalances among the sectors when peace is disrupted
Story of the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model
The MOP™ Whole Systems Model was developed by Peace Through Commerce, Inc. after it launched as a standalone nonprofit in 2009 from parent nonprofit FLOW® co-founded by John Mackey (CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market) and Michael Strong. The founders were 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 publics understanding of capitalism’s role in problem solving and peace building 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 team at PTC developed the Matrix of Peace Whole Systems Model – a robust systems model for designing and actualizing societies which operate as ecosystems of sustainable peace.
The MOP Ecosystem
The design of the MOP model follows the natural design of human communities. The thesis underlying the MOP is that peace naturally ensues when the private, public and civil society sectors co-operate interdependently within a unified consciousness ecosystem drawing upon shared, peace-optimizing values. As with any healthy, self-balancing, self-correcting ecosystem, no single mind or agency would or should control it. It is not dependent upon coercion, violence or force, but upon free will, voluntarism, 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 MOP trained leaders, well-versed in system-wide MOP thinking and best practices, and achieving cooperating levels of consciousness in and across each sector of the society, to guide, monitor, and curate an MOP ecosystem. Thus, an MOP ecosystem is a conscious, dynamic, living, chaordic, intelligent ecosystem, open to evolution, experimentation, and creative growth. 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 MOP thinking, key stakeholders can tackle community development in a way that generates sustainable, long-term peace.