Creating a peace currency

Published on May 28, 2014 um 11:00

Summary of your idea

This idea involves creating a peace currency similar to that used in carbon credits to quantify change to climate change. The reason for this is to motivate people in general and companies and businesses to spend more time thinking and brainstorming world problems or challenges to peace. The approach proposed here is to create a hosting system online where world problems are posed, and creating a team of innovative thinkers to systematically break the problem into its component parts and in turn "crowd sourcing" solutions to these pieces. This approach could bring together people with skills and talents that usually do not commonly collaborate on challenges and great and innovative ideas could be generated. Furthermore, many ideas people seem to just stagnate and therefore a community is nurtured creating way to market of creative ideas, be it policy changes or getting groups to communicate in a non-confrontational way using the web. The peace currency or peace credits can have an enormous effect, it can give those companies that work in the non-profit space more financial backing. Additionally, non-profits that work with such challenges can have the ability to issue peace credits to contributors in exchange for solutions to their challenges. This approach, if taken up, can serve to solve problems in peace, medicine, poverty employment and so much more, with people from diverse backgrounds working together collaboratively with the motivation of a tangible peace credit. Going forward, the peace credit can be used to quantify large corporate social obligation thus motivating them to solve real world problems and probably even improve their public engagement.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

This concept can make a huge impact on development and creation of a more content society. It has to be adopted and lead by the public in taking initiative to getting their companies to come on board. It can be established that companies can get peace credits for employees participating in generation solution to world problems. In order to establish quantitation as to how much credits can be allocated to any particular problem posted again a crowd sourcing approach can be taken. Once a person or team has submitted an idea as a possible solution to a problem, they vote for how much of peace credits should be allocated for a submission of the idea. This can then be peer reviewed by voting in and amongst the community to be fair to the perceived size of the problem. Such quantitation can be based on time spent per submission or innovative index and the such all decided by the participants themselves. The credit can have many benefits such as exchanging them for discounts when purchasing from participating vendors which can be corporates. This idea will pose to put out sustainable ideas and routes to see these ideas implemented routinely thus accelerating peaceful processes. These ideas can be used to consider all participants and not undermining the works done by organisations and people in leadership thus creating solutions that are fair as seen by everyone. Targets are to establish an online platform for public to post significant world problems and possible solutions to them or systematically break them down. Another target will be for companies and organisations and non-profits to be active participants and create at least one sustainable solution to a world problem within 3 months of starting the site.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The business will operate as a non-profit organisation for public engagement, the sites will be created and hosted. The peace credits themselves are a finance instrument which could be traded for discounts or even payment. This places non-profits working in the social space and the like at the top of the financing concept. Initially, funds could be generated using crowd funding such as kickstarter to assist in creating the websites and for possible statistical and political modellers to systematically break down submitted world problems into smaller bits for crowd engagement. There has to be oversight of how peace credits are distributed and therefore a body has to be created to oversee this process both for oversight and implementation. This type of work is different to voluntary work at it applies the knowledge of our global collective to try and solve immediate and future problems that can lead us forward as a society. Normally, such work would be voluntary in a self-less service without financial gain, however this can serve the same process but with gain of peace credits in return for public engagement.

Your profile

I am a science graduate and am routinely involved in education upliftment of underprivileged high school learners in the townships near Cape Town, South Africa. I believe in active citizenship and that we need global collective action to actually solve big world problems. We cannot merely rely on global leaders to make and implement change, in fact this concept will aid global change leaders in leading the change we want to see in creating a more peaceful society. I have a scientific training to systematic break down medical challenges in disease and apply appropriate measures to further investigate disease. Applying this type of approach in simplifying problems can accelerate idea generation amongst bug world problems. Innovation in this space is thought to take a long time for a person to familiarise themselves with the large world problem, so if we can break down the problem people can understand it better and quicker and solve small problems which can have an additive effect and ultimately resolve larger problems just by having a process.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

peace-building , environment, education, health, sustainable energy, food security, poverty reduction, elderly, youth

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July 4, 2014 12:42