Economics for Peace Institute is a start up global nonprofit that advances neutral, science-based, participatory research strategies to reveal community well-being and ecosystem stewardship. 

The Institute seeks funding to develop two programs:  1) expand participatory socio-cultural research in regional, community, economic, and sustainability planning; and, 2) expand ecotourism that is evaluated by third party observers and with the active participation of the local community to demonstrate results that conserve critical habitat while strengthening local economies and protecting local culture.

Community well-being and ecosystem stewardship underlie sustainability and can best be observed through socio-cultural research on social and natural systems. This information is often missing from the information available to stakeholders and electeds when making decisions on public policy or implementation in the United States and much of the world.

 
This site is not regularly updated and remains in draft form.  As of the Fall of 2011, start up operations are on hold indefinitely.  epi was founded in December 2008 just prior to President Obama's memoranda on open government (transparent, collaborative and participatory).  Soon later, epi received funding from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service for a workshop on participatory research for regional planning.  The workshop was held in Portland in May 2009.   For further information, contact us at info@econ4peace.org
 
About this image.   An inuksuk, or stone cairn, shows the way and offers comfort in unknown territory.  Inuit arctic peoples placed stone markers to indicate a trail or to mark a location for its significance.  Historically, stone cairns or even single stone megaliths were used for navigation, astronomy, sacred sites, and landmarks.  In recent years, newly placed stone markers can be found more and more often to symboloze friendship and cooperation.  Photo © 2009 Andre Nantel.