Getting Started | The Essentials

First.  Ecological and social systems are complex and best understood locally.  Locals carry first-hand knowledge based on real-time observation and experience.

Second.  The building blocks of community resilience and ecological sustainability start from the ground up. There is no technology fix. The Green New Deal and emission caps are not enough.

Our Plan.  We start from the ground up. We are systematic with a long-view.  We focus on what is working, rather than on what is broken.  We restore a better way of life through the essentials:

Taking the time to unify local understanding is the groundwork upon which all else is built.  A unified understanding of “what is most important” informs us as a community and as individuals. Social fieldwork is the missing link in the quality of information used by local planners, regional environmental impact statements (NEPA), federal program evaluation, eco-friendly certification, county-wide comprehensive plans, social impact assessment, and more. 

Join us!  Learn more through our websites: and

We are introducing the Guild for Social Fieldwork. Our online hub is in development to serve participatory research practitioners and guild member researchers starting the Fall.

The background image is from Center Valley on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state.  For our restart in 2020, the Chimacum Grange serves as regional hub for training and practice.  Chimacum is situated in this valley.  We begin the groundwork for a new kind of ‘sustainability’ study, Unite our Understanding.

Practical Methods in Community Inquiry: Participatory Research: What is it? Why is
it? How Can It Work in Environmental Decision Making Processes?

This event will be held in May 2020 through secure conferencing. Please sign up for our newsletter to be involved. We are looking for contributors with experience in appreciative inquiry, mediation and participatory research. Organized by the Economics for Peace Institute. Participatory Research or PAR improves collaborative planning outcomes. PAR is the essential missing ingredient. Join with other to establish a foundation of real leadership and authentic governance.

Dorothy Rupert on Economics for Peace Institute | epi |
Pacific Northwest | Video interview by Myriem Le Ferrand | June 2016

Dorothy Rupert is the well-loved doyenne of Colorado Democratic Party. She remains very involved.
She was Colorado State Senator from Boulder (CO-2) from 1986 to 2001
Her wonderful journey of good work includes:
Instructor, Democracy, Policy and Public Engagement at University of Colorado, Boulder
Noble Peace Prize nominee as a member of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (2005)
Chairman of the Board of CDR Associates, a national leading mediation training center and collaborative environmental dispute resolution practice.
Well-loved High School Counselor in Boulder. Her students included Senator Mark Udall, the son of Representative (AZ) Mo Udall, brother of Stewart Udall, Sect’y of the Interior and drafter of National Environmental Protection Act.
Dorothy is a founding director of Economics for Peace Institute and co-crafted our mission, vision, bylaws and core values.

Economics for Peace Institute provides education, research and economic development towards thriving socially-just and green, local economies. The Institute is a registered 501c3 nonprofit based in Colorado and Washington.

Donate online through Stripe/Philantro, or mail checks to Economics for Peace Institute, PO Box 1837, Port Townsend, WA 98368

We are relaunching in 2020!  Thank you for your generous support!

We will resume introductory presentations starting April 15, and do this online. We plan to begin social fieldwork training for the Northern Olympic Peninsula study starting mid June.

Our first newsletter is fresh off the press!  4.15.20  Stay current.  Sign up for roots . our econ4peace newsletters

Social fieldwork training workshops at the Grange will begin in June, maybe sooner online.  Sign up through the calendar below. 

Participatory conversations matter webinar series to start May 4. Click here for details & sign up.


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