m i l e s t o n e s . . .
Final Text Affirmed: June 7, 2015
10,000th download: March 8, 2015
2014 edits finalised: September 24, 2014
2013 edits finalised: December 30, 2013
2012 edits finalised: December 22, 2012
2011 edits finalised: May 12, 2011
Print edition: December 13, 2010
First consensus: August 7, 2010
First iteration: November 5, 2009
Initiated: October 27, 2009
PEACE ENGINE ROLLOUT DELAYED UNTIL 2018
In the meantime, a question…
Why does this process differ from all other peace processes?
Well, this one began with a 5-year crowdsourcing effort to solicit, collect, and integrate interesting ideas contributed by concerned people everywhere, no matter their background or experience. We didn’t want a bunch of experts and politicians to overwhelm the common sense that we contend runs deeper than is appreciated in the general population. So, in our pending negotiation phase, we will once again take a contrarian approach.
Rather than have negotiators retreat into secrecy to discuss / argue / negotiate the core issues of mideast peace, we advocate doing it out in the open, in a public forum, where anyone can read what’s being discussed – and even carry on side discussions with other observers.
We aim to provide such an open forum, as well as secure back channels for communicating between team members and with a roster of up to 20 advisors. Back channel communications will be automatically released into the public domain after a period of 5 years. Team members will be free to choose their desired level of anonymity.
One of the toughest tasks when entering into negotiations is to find a viable starting point. We eliminate this obstacle by supplying various well-known source texts that can serve as jumping-off points for dialogue. Nothing in the chosen source text may be cut or altered except as agreed between the parties. New additions to the text that are amenable to both parties may be appended to the source text under an existing section or in a newly created section.
A Peace of Jerusalem, our crowdsourced peace narrative;
2002 Arab Peace Initiative, re-endorsed 2007 and 2017;
Geneva Lite* (Geneva Initiative summary, condensed); and
JOCI Lite* (Jerusalem Old City Initiative text, condensed).
*Lite versions edited to reduce text to 2000 words, max.
Ordinary people will be able to create their own ad hoc teams to negotiate with teams created by regular people on the other side. Local and regional teams would allow the very people who will have to live with the consequences of the negotiations to meaningfully participate in the conversation.
Any and all comments on the proposed format are welcome. (PDF~1.8MB)