August 17, 2014 Global Peace Index Featuring Founder Steve Killelea

Original broadcast August 17, 2014

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sk1Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace.

Steve founded Integrated Research Ltd (IR), an Australian publicly listed company with a 25-year heritage of providing performance management and payments software for business-critical computing and Unified Communications environments. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and now as Chairman, IR has built an impressive, world-class customer base to make it one of Australia’s leading software companies. Steve was recognized as AIIA Australian Exporter of the Year in 1998 and 2003, amongst numerous other business awards.

Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specialises in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life-changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia and has substantially impacted the lives of over 2.3 million people.

In 2007 Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an international think tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. IEP’s ground-breaking research includes the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of peacefulness. Steve’s founding of IEP was recognized as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history.

Steve currently serves on a number of influential Company Boards, Advisory Boards and President Councils. In 2010 he was honoured as Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the global peace movement and the provision of humanitarian aid to the developing world. In 2013 Steve was nominated one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” by the UK group Action on Armed Violence.

Institute for Economics and Peace

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.

IEP achieves its goals by developing new conceptual frameworks to define peacefulness; providing metrics for measurement; uncovering the relationship between peace, business and prosperity, and by promoting a better understanding of the cultural, economic and political factors that drive peacefulness.

IEP has offices in Sydney, New York, and Oxford. It works with a wide range of partners internationally and collaborates with intergovernmental organizations on measuring and communicating the economic value of peace.

In 2014 the Global Go To Think Tank Index ranked IEP in the top 15 most impactful think tanks in the world with a budget of less than US$5 million. IEP was also named one of the top Think Tanks to Watch and one of the best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks.

The philanthropic funding that enabled the creation of IEP was recognized as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history by a coalition of Australian Foundations in 2013.

The Institute for Economics and Peace is a UN-accredited NGO in Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council.

The Work

IEP is well known internationally for the Global Peace Index (GPI), now in its seventh year. The GPI ranks 162 nations according to states of peacefulness; it has raised significant awareness about the drivers and indicators of peace and has become a valued resource used by major organizations and governments around the world.

Since producing the first Global Peace Index in 2007, IEP has begun to develop a number of national or country-specific peace indices.

In April 2011 IEP released its first national peace index; the inaugural United States Peace Index (USPI). The USPI is the first in a series of national peace indices that will further our understanding of what types of environments are associated with peace and help to identify the positive economic impacts of increased levels of peacefulness at a regional rather than national level. In April 2013, IEP launched the United Kingdom Peace Index (UKPI) that explores the fabric of peace across the UK.

IEP also leads numerous other research and academic initiatives that will further advance society’s understanding of peace and its economic impact.

Why Economics and Peace?

Economic development, business and peace are interlinked. There is little doubt that peace creates more economic benefits to a society than violence or war. Peace is conducive to business and areas of minimal violence are attractive to business investors. At the same time, business can play a decisive role in building and strengthening global peace through job and wealth creation.

Yet the value of peace to the world economy is poorly understood.

There is little understanding of the impacts of peace on business. There have been few studies on how to calculate the impact of improved peacefulness on a company’s market, costs structure or profit.

The Institute for Economics and Peace was established to fill this gap.

Vision of Humanity

Vision of Humanity is IEP’s “sister” website. It aims to highlight the major issues facing us in the 21st century taking a balanced approach with factual information that is positive and solution based.  Vision of Humanity brings a strategic approach to raising the world’s attention and awareness around the importance of peace to humanity’s survival in the 21st century.

The Vision of Humanity website features the Global Peace Index interactive map, visualising states of peace around the world over the past seven years. Annual GPI discussion papers, results reports and media coverage can also be found on the site.

Why Vision of Humanity?

We are in an epoch different to any other in human history. The problems we are facing are global in nature. They include climate change, ever decreasing biodiversity, full use of the fresh water on the planet and underpinning all these – overpopulation.  Without peace we will be unable to achieve the levels of cooperation, inclusiveness and social equity required to begin solving these challenges, let alone empower the international institutions needed to regulate them.

It is impossible to accurately portray the devastating effects that global challenges will have on us all unless unified global action is taken.  Our shared challenges call for global solutions, and these solutions will require cooperation on a global scale unparalleled in human history.

Vision of Humanity highlights the need to further study, advocate and act on peace. It groups together a number of interrelated initiatives focused on global peace which enjoy the support of a wide range of philanthropists, business people, politicians, religious leaders and intellectuals.

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