Ever wonder who’s keeping score for peace?
Vision of Humanity, an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace. This group churns out a Global Peace Index (GPI), a fairly recent annual report measuring 162 nations’ ‘absence of violence’ and peacefulness. Based on 22 qualitative and quantitative indicators, and presented in a user-friendly, visually appealing way, the Index ultimately serves to unearth the correlation between peace, business, and prosperity.
Violence makes money? You bet. The global economic impact of containing violence* was estimated at US$9.46 trillion in 2012 – that’s11% of our gross world product.
National indicators measured vary from political terror and/or instability to military expenditure and access to weapons. Results for 2013 are in, with Europe continuing to exist as the world’s most peaceful region, with 13 of the continent’s countries ranking in the top 20 in the world; Syria demonstrating the greatest “deterioration in peace” of any country the GPI has ever covered; and Sudan and Chad experiencing some of the largest gains in peace as a result of decreased conflict.
Why highlight peace stats? The very concept for WOVEN was born from our founder’s discovery of the GPI and its effort to scientifically track and measure our world’s absence of violence. Peace, visually quantified, we like that.
*GPI defines ‘global violence containment costs’ as “economic activity related to the consequences or prevention of violence where the violence is directed against people or property.”