Prevention Is the Most Cost-effective Way of Interrupting the Cycle of Violence and War Says Three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

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In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Scilla Elsworthy says the cost of investing in peace-building is 2 billion dollars versus the 1,739 billion dollars currently being spent on militarization globally.


The cost of military expenditure is high and it undermines strategies for tested peaceful solutions in conflict zones around the world. In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Scilla Elsworthy, author of The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War, discusses case studies from her global research which were successfully implemented to prevent war and conflict. Extended over 10 years, Elsworthy estimates “the total cost of preventing war in those ways would come to only 2 billion dollars when we as a world spend 1,739 billion dollars on militarization worldwide.” Elsworthy believes education for peace and sustainable development is critical and that skills of compassion, courage, intuition and empathy are “skills that enable people to prevent conflict in the workplace, in the community, and in the family.”

Her business plan for peace aims to support the U.N’s Sustainable Development Goal 16. “All that’s necessary now is for the politicians to allocate budgets for prevention.”

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Dr. Scilla Elworthy has been nominated for three Nobel Peace Prizes. She is the founder of Peace Direct, as well as an author and speaker. Her 2017 book, The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War, has allowed her to focus on developing a Business Plan for Peace. She has worked as an advisor to Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson. She believes young people play a vital role in this movement due to their need for interconnectedness.

CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers.

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