``The best way to make positive social change is through diversity of sectors, cultures, and ideas``

Peacework started in 1989 with a belief in the power of collaboration to build a better world. We started small, bringing together volunteer engineers from the U.S. and the Soviet Union to Esteli, Nicaragua in the wake of the Cold War to rebuild communities alongside displaced families. In that first project, we learned that the best way to make positive social change is through diversity  of sectors, cultures, and ideas  and we have been doing it ever since.

Now more than ever, our shared global challenges require the innovation of diverse voices. For over 25 years, Peacework has expanded the impact of creative collaboration in 25+ countries alongside academic institutions, corporations, government agencies, civil society organizations, and community leaders to accelerate positive social change. Actualizing the capacity for this kind of change and scale means bringing together the right people and the right resources, at the right time:

Peacework is that convener.



Our Vision

We are inspired by the change agent in everyone and believe that working together across cultures and sectors of society is the most powerful strategy for expanding personal, social, and economic opportunity.


Our Mission

We bring together dynamic agents of change from communities, academic institutions, and corporations to foster global awareness; apply their knowledge and skills for innovative solutions to global challenges; and ultimately empower people to support self-determination, ensure social justice, and expand economic opportunity.


Our Approach

Our success is rooted in cross-sector collaboration that not only inspires innovative solutions, but also provides transformative cross-cultural opportunities to inspire the change agent in everyone. We call this Engagement That Empowers, and our work is always:



We believe that local leadership is essential for sustainable social change. That’s why we work to support and amplify the voice, vision, and insights of local leaders, stakeholders, and institutions. The core of what we believe and do has many names’ grassroots, bottom-up, participatory development. This foundational principle enables us to work alongside communities for holistic and culturally appropriate solutions that last.



We believe that innovation is driven by genuine collaboration. That’s why we’re committed to connecting talented leaders of communities, academic institutions, and corporations across sectors and from all corners of the globe to collaborate on our shared global challenges. We’re changing the way people understand their role in social change by actively engaging them in the solution.



We believe that everyone can be an agent of change. For us, social change is not just an end in itself, but a deeply personal process that activates the potential in all of us to make an impact. This is what we call the Peacework ‘aha’ moment, the moment you realize the power of your inherent genius, the potency of collaboration, and that lasting change only happens if we’re all engaged.

Collaborate with us

“Collaboration inspires innovation, multiplies resources, and applies diverse talent, knowledge, and cross-cultural understanding to global challenges.”

(Songer and Darr, 2011).