“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein, Former refugee
Peace Profits is working toward a Peace and Happiness Index for Education and the Economy
High schools, colleges, public and private partnerships will work together to measure the impact of our education programs. Our programs include education in non-violent communication, empathy, and collaborative real-world problem solving, with access to investment opportunities and tangible results. In assessing our own programs, we hope to change the way education and the economy are currently assessed. Moving away from relying solely on test scores and measures of growth, we propose a model that incorporates a Peace and Happiness Index. The Peace and Happiness Index in schools may look at test scores, but sees them as secondary to assessing the psychological capital of our students, reflecting a growth mindset. Students and teachers will be assessed each year on self-efficacy, hope, optimism, and resiliency. Peace Profits and partners will also track violence in schools, including incidences of bullying and cyber bullying. Partnering with regional governments and organizations on economic development, so too will members of the community. Ultimately, the psychological capital of a community supports a healthy economy. A healthy economy in turn is assessed by the peace that community experiences: regenerative environmental impact, reduced crime and violence, reduced homelessness, which is an indicator of economic violence on the poor. Together, these measures are part of a goal to assess a path toward a "How can I increase benefit for all?"