A Local Peace Economy

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What's a Local Peace Economy?

Every transaction we make in our daily lives ultimately contributes toward building a peace economy or a war economy, a world of compassion, justice and well being, or a world of indifference and violence. The peace economy model encourages us to reinvest in our local communities, in the people. It calls for creating cultural, social and economic models that cultivate a sense of respect and self-determination for all our communities. We cannot make these changes without the foundational building blocks of the very peace and justice we are seeking. The first step is realizing the impact that our daily behaviors, ideologies, actions have in local and global communities and change these in a way that reinvest in the people and the earth. Take the macro problem to the micro.

Join us in divesting from the unjust, extractive war economy into building a just peace economy for all.

PeaceEcon33.png The Local Peace Economy defined in the inspiring words of fellow allies and leaders who have already layed the fertile grounds for peace:

The foundation for world peace is building an economy where every community is self-reliant in basic needs such as food, water and energy. 

Judy Wicks, founder of BALLE, and author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business 

People who live in highly self-sufficient local communities are less likely to get involved in large-scale violence than people whose existence depends on world-wide systems of trade.

E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful 

We have created a dangerously polarized world that is linked together more closely than ever before. War is caused by our inability to see relationships to each other.

 —Karen Armstrong, author of Fields of Blood

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Want to grow your local peace economy,                                                                        ...but don't know where to start?

Here are some resources, and steps that can help you start.

Transition is inevitable, we see it happening both in the natural world and economy, but will it be just? That is the question. How will the transition look like? How will we build it? We all participate in different economies, we all invest our time, energy and resources in different practices, both extractive and regenerative. Divesting from the extractive war economy means taking power away from it, and instead building a just peace economy, which is based in cooperation and equity.

  • Watch How We Live - Transition towards a Just Economy
  • How are you supporting directly or indirectly the extractive economy? the war economy?
  • How are you building a peace economy for all?
  • What does peace mean for others? What does peace mean for you?

Any questions and/or feedback, please email us to: peaceeconomy@codepink.org


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Pop Ups for Peace- facilitating conversations on peace 

A How-To Guide for Gifting Circles

7 Ways to Divest from a Militarized Economy

A glossary of common Local Peace Economy terms

 Suggested Reading 

  • This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

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Connect to these movements

  • Transition Towns — a global network of grassroots’ projects seeking to build local resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.
  • Small House Movement — a return to houses less than 1,000 square feet in active support for downsizing and simple living.
  • Mankind Project - a global network of peer-facilitated men's groups.
  • Willing Workers on Organic Farms — a global network of organic farms willing to host travellers on a work-trade basis.

Allies/Board of Advisors

If you’d like more information about becoming partner, contact our campaign manager.

Here’s the full list of our friends and allies.

Board of Advisors

Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Charles Eisenstein
D’Artagnan Scorza
Deborah Frieze
Denise Kaufman
Donnie Maclucan
Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey
Francis Moore Lappe
Helena Norberg-Hodge

Jason Dove Mark
Joan Blades
Judy Wicks
Kevin Danaher
Lauren Tucker
Nina Utne
Severine von Tscharner Fleming
Susan Witt
Toby Herzlich

International Allies

National Allies

Local Allies

Fair Trade LA - Los Angeles, CA
Hands Up United - Florissant, MO 
Kiss the Ground - Venice, CA
Occidental Ocean Song Farm - Occidental, CA 
Occupy Venice - Venice, CA
Planted Cuisine - Los Angeles, CA
Think Local First DC - Washington, DC
Two Rivers Farm - Springfield, OR
Urban Bee - San Francisco, CA

Local Peace Economy Glossary

Local Peace Economy Glossary

A NOTE from the editors:  This is a very short glossary of terms often used in the Peace Economy movement, starting with Economics. We love this definition by our ally and advisor Judy Wicks: “Economics is nothing more than human ingenuity organizing human labor to transform the natural world into new products for use by others. That process can be life-affirming, or can be degrading to those involved and to the planet itself.”

Banking and Investment Terms

Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, activities, interests, and goals. In terms of banking, this is a bank that is usually locally owned and operated, serving the needs of local businesses, organizations, and families.

Cooperative: a business, farm, store, or other entity that is legally owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.

Corporate: Most banks whose signs and ads we see everywhere are huge, profit-driven financial institutions. The top 10 U.S. banks now hold $10.2 trillion in assets. These banks are not held accountable by local communities or the US government to reinvest in local businesses and make capital available for cooperatives and other locally-based non-profit organizations.

Divest-to-Invest: a process of “moving your money”, best known in the movement to divest pension and university funds from fossil fuels, but can be applied to any withdrawal of funds, individual or organizational, from the global or corporate economy to invest in the local peace economy.

Public: a movement to create “network of state and local publicly-owned banks that create affordable credit, while providing a sustainable alternative to the current high-risk centralized private banking system”. Currently the Bank of North Dakota is the only public bank in the U.S., but several municipalities are working on establishing their own.

Economic Systems

Barter Economy: a mode of trade where goods and services are exchanged, and reciprocity is expected.

Gifting Economy: a mode of exchange that is without an agreement for immediate or future reward or reciprocation. Participants in a gifting economy give as much as they can and pass it on. Gifting is a sign of care and support, not an exchange.

Globalized Economy: an international exchange of goods and services. It is comprised of different economies in individual countries, each being interrelated with the other. Globalization involves trade across international borders and the selling of commodities in markets around the world, in highly speculative methods driven by profits to the 1%.

Green Economy: an economy that has its roots in political, social and economic developments that reduce the human ecological footprint, fostering sustainability. It should be noted that this form of economy has fallen under corporate control and a reductionist approach that has received criticism for not being sufficient to cope with the complexities of climate change and enviromental degradation, and sometimes leading to Greenwashing (see below).

Sharing Economy: the redistribution, sharing and reuse of goods (such as used clothes) and services (such as car rides), often using the internet and social media, both for profit and in non-monetary transactions.

War Economy: an extractive, violent, and hierarchical economy that is lucrative to military contractors and many multinational corporations. Philippe Le Billon, researcher at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, describes the war economy as a "system of producing, mobilizing and allocating resources to sustain violence."


Greenwashing: Using targeted advertising, public relations campaigns, and celebrity spokespersons to exaggerate environmental achievements, usually by corporations, in order to divert attention away from environmental problems caused by those corporations. For example, a corporation might spend more money advertising an environmental achievement than actually putting the money into doing it.

Participatory budgeting: a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making in which community members decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget.

Knitting for Refugees


Knitting Update!


Many of us have been shaken by the enormity of the refugee crisis. 

Every day we are given more information and the numbers are overwhelming. The United Nations refugee agency has reported that the number of refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos, Greece continues to be high, at an average of 3,300 people per day.  It is not only Syrians who are fleeing their homes. Refugees from all over the Middle East including Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan are also desperately escaping their war-torn countries. Last winter 6,000 refugees died from the cold. The young and very elderly are especially prone to hypothermia and pneumonia

In the face of suffering, how can we take action?

At CODEPINK we created the Local Peace Economy campaign because at the heart of our work is the goal of creating cultural, social and economic models that cultivate justice and a sense of respect. The next step we take after dismantling and walking away from the violent, extractive, war-based economy that allows these conditions to exist, is building up and growing the peace we seek...for not only ourselves and our own communities, but for people everywhere.

To that end...

We are launching a nationwide call to action to help deliver warmth to refugees.

Items that are in serious need include:

  • Gloves, dark colored hats/beanies and socks.
  • 100% wool items are preferred, because warmth is a priority, and acrylic can be a fire risk for people living without electricity and in close proximity to open flames, as many refugees do.
  • If you are someone who sews, you can also make reusable menstrual pads, which are also in dire need.  

**Items must be delivered by Friday March 18th 2016.

Please feel free to also visit our Knitting for Refugees Pinterest Board for images, additional patterns and design inspiration.

Here are a few suggestions for starting:

  1. Do you knit, crochet or sew or have someone in life who does? Tell them about our call to action & how they can use their skills to help provide comfort and relief for refugees. 
  2. Gather a group of friends and organize a party around making items for refugees. Invite others in your community to join you by creating a Facebook event.
  3. Click here to find your local knitting, sewing or crocheting group near you and suggest this as project for the group to take on. You can also find groups here.
  4. Download our Knitting for Refugees Guide and hand it out at your gathering.
  5. Deliver our flyer to a knitting store near you.

We will support you by posting your event in our Action Calendarso you may share the event link & use it to invite your community and friends.

DON’T FORGET to submit & post pictures of your gatherings, and images of your finished products to your own Facebook page or Twitter account using the hashtags #knit4refugees and #peaceeconomy.

*Every Friday in the month of February we will select our favorite photo submissions and feature them on our national CODEPINK Facebook page

**Items must arrive to our offices by this date. To ensure timely delivery we suggest mailing packages at least one week prior (the week of March 6th or earlier). Items will be packed, and personally delivered to refugees by one of our CODEPINK staffers who will be in Lesvos to volunteer for a week in late March supporting refugees migrating into Greece.

Packages can be sent to:

3749 Buchanan Street #142
San Francisco, CA 94123


Please email peaceeconomy@codepink.org.

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