Sustainable Peace Starts with You

Over almost two decades, the Institute for Sustainable Peace has helped transform conflict and enable reconciliation across racial, ethnic, tribal, and religious lines in the Balkans, Darfur, and cities in America.  We work to unite faith-based and secular groups working to solve the same problems from very different starting points, and help companies and NGO’s  to resolve significant conflicts within communities, teams and families. Partner with us to spark change in your sphere of influence so together we can change the world.

Our Blog

Remembering Woodstock

400,000 people gathered there for three days of peace and music struggling with the rains, the mud, the food shortages, and inadequate sanitation. Yet over those three days there was not a single violent act recorded.  Against all odds, what was promised on the posters seems to have happened on a very large scale – three days of music and peace. What might be the effect in these troubled times if hundreds of thousands of people could gather in places all across the country for days of music, art, and dialogue choosing to open their minds and their hearts and working together to build bridges of understanding and even collaboration across our differences?

Mutual Respect & A Healthy Democracy

What do we mean by a healthy democracy? A healthy democracy as a system of government that not only works in the sense of getting needed things done but also engages its citizens and leaders in building a society at every level that is ever more inclusive, more participatory, more just, and less violent – a society in which every person has the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from the common good. This requires a willingness to engage others, even when they belong to other identity groups or you suspect that they disagree with your ideas.

A Declaration of Interdependence?

One of the most basic truths we learn from nature is the interdependence of the natural world. In fact, our cities, counties, states, and nation are systems of interactive systems. The polarization that has been spreading across our country over at least the last 25 years and has reached a fever pitch in the last several years has it roots in our focus on independence and individual freedom. Interdependence describes a reality not the quality of relationships and decisions affecting those relationships.

What is The Institute for Sustainable Peace?

We envision a day when a critical mass of citizens and leaders have come together across ethnic, social, economic, and political divides to build bridges of understanding and then work together to explore and then find actionable solutions for the biggest problems facing our societies.

Our Programs

We strengthen our communities and nation by bringing people of diverse viewpoints together and providing them tools to truly understand each other. Our focus is on creating bridges of understanding that help people overcome fear of one another and work together in common purpose.

The Institute sponsors The Peacemakers Podcast produced by our founder and CEO, Randall Butler.  The podcast launched in January 2017 to speak into the intense polarization of America.

We strengthen our communities and nation by bringing people of diverse viewpoints together and providing them tools to truly understand each other. Our focus is on creating bridges of understanding that help people overcome fear of one another and work together in common purpose.