peace literacy is survival literacy

In the effort to create a more peaceful and just world, the immensity of the task can feel overwhelming. Trauma, rage, mistrust, alienation—and the unjust systems they fuel—are the monsters we face as we struggle for the survival of humanity and our planet.

But we don't have to face these monsters alone. Together we can build strong communities. We can become better trained. We can level up.

In the face of a menacing dragon, the figure above holds up an open book, a metaphorical reminder that education is the first line of defense against humanity's most serious global challenges. 

what we do

Building on West Point’s world-class leadership training and the disciplined vision of Civil Rights leaders,

we educate people to be as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war.

understanding human needs

Peace Literacy is based on research about basic human needs such as self-worth and belonging, and how trauma gets tangled with these needs. Check out the video, above, and download "A New Peace Paradigm," a  short essay on the topic.

Visit our 9-Part Leadership Series for Navigating Struggle, Uncertainty, and Crisis, with each part focused on a different non-physical need.

Humanity can no longer settle for peace as an abstract concept or sentimental wish.


We teach the practical skills and frameworks needed to create peace that is realistic, resilient, and sustainable.

Peace Literacy empowers us to confront root causes of problems rather than surface symptoms.

leveraging new technology

In this new video Chappell offers a sneak peek at our Peace Literacy Virtual Reality Metaverse that transforms the classroom into an epic journey, taking students on a field trip into the human condition.
And here, Chappell discusses the need to leverage VR to wage peace. To learn more about the promise and peril of digital technologies, download "The World of Electric Light," a short essay on the topic.

Visit our illustrated exploration of humanity's 5 God-like Technological Powers—five critically important peace issues that demand the escalation of our Peace Literacy.

what we do

We design and distribute Peace Literacy Curriculum. Free. For every student in every school around the globe, from pre-school to college and beyond.

origin story




The Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes education in reading and writing. Our global goal is to have education in Peace Literacy recognized as a human right. Peace Literacy is the human right that empowers us to protect all of our other human rights and fully flourish as human beings.
A peace literate world is a secure, just, and prosperous world.

Peace Literacy has the capacity to repair our broken parts and create a nonviolent world anchored in dignity, meaning, purpose, and compassion for all. Given the crucial role that Peace Literacy can play, I support the recognition of education in Peace Literacy as a universal human right.

— Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

what people say

“Staff left the Peace Literacy workshop energized and enthused. Within a week ... teachers were building new lesson plans to integrate Peace Literacy into their teaching. There was real hope and passion about how teaching skills of peace might transform our work with students and each other.”

— COLLEEN WORKS, Assistant Principal, Oregon State Teacher of the Year 2011

Corvallis High School, Corvallis, Oregon

help sustain our work

The Peace Literacy Institute designs curricular materials that anyone can download and use for free to support Peace Literacy in their schools and communities. We also provide education rates for our workshops so teachers can make the most effective use of the curriculum.

Donations make it possible for us to provide this public service.

Your contribution will sustain our work to spread Peace Literacy during a time when humanity needs it the most.