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JL
- 595 days ago - studentpeacealliance.org
What Is Peace Jobs? Peace Jobs are decent jobs that can: Reduce physical, emotional, environmental, economic, and social violence in our local and global communities. Mitigate socially, economically unsustainable, and peace non-friendly practice



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JL A. (272)
Friday April 5, 2013, 7:56 pm
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boy-front_smThe Peace Jobs Program is an exciting new program with a tremendous upside for The Student Peace Alliance and The Peace Alliance. In addition to the opportunity to become a very important program that can contribute greatly to the peacebuilding process, it served as the catalyst to gain entry into the Clinton Global Initiative University this April in St. Louis. The benefits of being associated with CGI are quite obvious.

What Is Peace Jobs?

Peace Jobs are decent jobs that can:

Reduce physical, emotional, environmental, economic, and social violence in our local and global communities.
Mitigate socially, economically unsustainable, and peace non-friendly practices in our businesses, institutions, and enterprises.
Maximize peace production in the diverse careers available to young adults and, eventually, all age groups.
Keep our youth and others engaged in peacebuilding as a matter of integrity in their daily decisions and actions.

The Time Is Right for Peace Jobs

We are currently in a rare political moment where Washington is especially receptive to peacebuilding and innovative job creation ideas and approaches. Several factors are coming together. On the peacebuilding side: the cutbacks in the Pentagon budget, which allow us to frame peacebuilding as a more cost-effective security option; a second Obama Administration focused on innovation and jobs while continuing to press forcefully for US policy that supports conflict prevention goals and integrated forms of peacebuilding; and, a general sense that we need to look inward as a country to focus on reduction of violence at all levels. Finally, there is a lack of real business training being provided by typical peacebuilding curricula. This program hopes to change that.

The Market for Peace Jobs

Millennials, millennials, millennials. They need jobs, they want to "do good", they are entrepreneurial, and there is a clear need, yea demand, to make the world a better place. This generation is the most diverse, most tolerant, and most attuned to our global challenges than any before it. Millennials also get things done. They elected the first African-American President and liberated countries from numerous, and often times murderous, dictators who had been in office for decades. Job creation will largely come from entrepreneurial ventures, which is right up the alley for millennials, and from growing participation of socially conscious companies. We believe that given an example, and meaningful business skills imparted in peacebuilding curricula, more and more companies will join their socially conscious colleagues.

Peace Jobs and The Student Peace Alliance

Peace Jobs is the number one request from our base, and no other organization is working on this issue/opportunity. As a test, SPA proposed the idea to the prestigious School of Creative Leadership (THNK) and to the Clinton Global Initiative (University). The response: THNK provided 40K to SPA toward attending their signature program and accelerating its realization. CGIU invited SPA as one of 50 organizations worldwide to their 2013 Summit to pitch the idea, and will feature it on its website to attract more sponsors among its network. CGIU has also invited one of our SPA students committed to the project to the Summit. At this point almost $500,000 has been raised by CGI to distribute to students attending the Summit. SPA will also take advantage of the fact its Marie Mainil is based at the UN/ILO training campus for a few months to learn about the ILO’s green jobs program. In addition, Marie has been in touch with and received encouragements for the Peace Jobs program from Van Jones.

Peace Jobs and THNK

Traditionally, the peacebuilding community does not have a business background. Among the student population, it is often because the values held by peace friendly students are not reflected in a business education. What this means, in practice, is that talented peace studies students often do not get the skills they need to be entrepreneurs —be it in the public, private, or non-profit sector. Among the non-profit and public peacebuilding population, the same principle applies. Peacebuilding organizations traditionally have great difficulties creating sustainable solutions, not only in terms of policies and advocacy, but also, and necessarily, in terms of finances.

With that in mind, SPA conducted extensive research to find a partner that would have the technical experience complementary to our peacebuilding and grassroots network strengths. We found THNK. THNK offers us coaching for a period of 18th months, the first 6 months being a hands-on crash course on transformative entrepreneurship and the following year focusing on implementing our Peace Jobs Program. Beyond this important education, which will be shared with SPA and TPA members, participating in THNK offers us the possibility of a close network with some of the most socially conscious and financially successful innovators and entrepreneurs out there.

Most importantly perhaps, THNK distinguishes itself from other social enterprise programs in that it dedicates itself to finding solutions to large-scale societal problems requiring collaboration across disciplines, and individuals to operate seemingly impossible societal transformations. With Peace Jobs, SPA aims to show that creating peace jobs is cool, possible, and profitable. While the THNK program is in its third iteration and in the process of being evaluated for its impact, participants’ feedback has been fantastic.

Creators of Peace Jobs

Peace studies students with an entrepreneurial spirit, and, those who acquire through our Program, necessary business skills beyond peacebuilding and organizing.
Socially conscious investors who support peacebuilding efforts.
Socially conscious companies that already recognize the need for, and are committed to, having peacebuilding-capable employees on board.
The public and non-profit sectors that transform some current jobs and create new ones.

 

Gloria picchetti (299)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:12 am
It's a student project.
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:51 am
It also involves those who are no longer students and hopes to grown beyond Gloria. You cannot currently send a star to Gloria because you have done so within the last day.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 9:10 am
Sounds interesting
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 11:06 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Tim C. (2021)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 11:24 am
ty
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 11:45 am
I like the idea, but, I don't understand what kind of employment these people are being trained for.
There was a line stating the Pentagon is cutting its budget.....yet, I just reacted to Obama's wanting to increase the amount of missles over the Pentagon's need to do so.
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 11:49 am
No Allan--that was Congress not Obama.

Trained for something more like a B-Corp it sounds like vs. profit only decision-making corporations.
You are welcome Kerrie and Tim.
 

Birgit W. (150)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 2:45 pm
Noted
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (266)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 4:53 pm
I like this concept the time is right for peace jobs and peace building
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 5:17 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Cynthia because you have done so within the last day.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:36 pm

I can actually remember a time, even a president who would have grabbed this opportunity and run with it, full steam ahead. That was then. Now we are sidelined and will watch other countries wise and strong enough to have the will to dream and reach for a better future. Jobs for millennials, yes, and those who still have the desire to think young and to look over the horizon.
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:40 pm
Excellent points Kit! You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Tammy B. (9)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:20 pm
thanks
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:44 pm
You are welcome Tammy
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 1:24 am
If we ever needed more Peacemakers to arise it is now...!!!!!!! Wonderful idea....hope it takes root, blooms and brings forth a lush harvest of prioritizing Peace as prime importance in todays smoldering world.....
Thanks JL for sharing this..!
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:13 am
Noted. Thanks
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 9:26 am
You are welcome Devon and Anna.
 

Michelle W. (1)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 11:17 am
Would love to know more about this!
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 11:51 am
Sounds good.
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 12:07 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last day.
 

Sharon Davidson (349)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 1:36 pm
it is cool that there are jobs out there they really are helpful and educate people in need of knowledge
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 1:41 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Sharon because you have done so within the last day.
 

Birgit W. (150)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:18 pm
Thanks
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:21 pm
You are welcome Birgit
 

Dagmar P. (7)
Monday April 8, 2013, 12:24 am
díky
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday April 8, 2013, 8:06 am
I love the concept but seems this Country runs with only the war machine in mind.

In 2011 the US House voted to cut all of the United States Institute of Peace’s funding for year 2012. All of it!

This is a stunning development that could prove to be a serious setback for the work of peacebuilding around the world and a blow to the growing movement we've been seeing for peacebuilding investment in our government.

The United States Institute of Peace Act, passed by the Congress and signed into law in 1984, established the Institute as a publicly funded national institution. Congressional leaders spearheading the charge to eliminate USIP wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that USIP is a “waste of taxpayer money.”

Can you imagine calling PEACE a waste of taxpayers money!

The funding in question, $42 million, is change by Federal Government standards. $42 million Is one tenth of one percent of the State Department budget, not even enough funds to support 40 troops in Afghanistan for a year, nor to pay for three hours of the Afghanistan War.

Yet this small investment in USIP is one of the smartest investments the US government can make. And is one of the only institutions in Federal government working to support peacebuilding.

Fortunately it wasn't cut out completely but it did have a harsh cutback. We should be giving more, not less, to develop peace or peace jobs, a peace economy!



 

JL A. (272)
Monday April 8, 2013, 8:15 am
Thanks for adding the relevant policy context Dandelion! You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last day.
 

alicia m. (100)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:00 am
noted, gracias
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:24 am
You are welcome Alicia
 

Dagmar P. (7)
Tuesday April 16, 2013, 10:21 am
ZDÁ SE ,ŽE TO JE POUZE KRÁSNÉ,ALE PŘECI JEN UTOPIA
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 2:53 pm
Interesting
 

Dagmar P. (7)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 11:44 pm
zajímavé,bůh vam pomáhej,děkuji Dagmar Pálová
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday April 19, 2013, 9:32 am
Noted
 
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