One Earth Future

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One Earth Future (OEF) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization based near Denver, Colorado.

Mission and goals[edit]

The One Earth Future (OEF) Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 which began operations with the vision of developing effective systems of governance to achieve a world beyond war. The organization believes that war is an ineffective way to solve conflict, and that peace can be achieved through retooling governance to meet 21st century challenges. The organization's goal is to validate this theory through research and projects: with a "Think and Do Tank" model. One Earth Future’s professed aim is to engage states, NGOs, and business in governance issues, with the view that cooperation among the three is essential. Marcel Arsenault, the organization's founder, is an entrepreneurial philanthropist who continues to be involved in the organization's development.

Programs[edit]

Oceans Beyond Piracy[edit]

Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) was launched in 2010 in response to maritime piracy. OBP works to mobilize stakeholders in the maritime community, develop public-private partnerships, and promote sustainable deterrence based on the rule of law. OBP hosts meetings and workshops, conducts research and analysis, and develops and encourages new cross-sector partnerships in an effort to support the international community in its efforts to combat maritime piracy.

Shuraako[edit]

Shuraako, Somali for partnership, began in 2012 in an attempt to facilitate and coordinate ongoing efforts that support trade, investment and other economic development efforts in Somalia. Shuraako matches capital to Somali entities and manages post-investment execution. Shuraako is a nonprofit initiative with no commercial interests in Somalia.

Responsibility to Protect and Business[edit]

Started in 2013, OEF's Responsibility to Protect and Business (R2P) project focuses on the role that the business sector can play in preventing mass atrocities. OEF intends to identify the incentives for business participation in R2P, and what role business can play in implementing R2P in practice.

Core Knowledge[edit]

OEF's research and development program is an interdisciplinary group of scholars investigating the organization's "Peace through Governance" argument.

Research is organized into seven different areas:

  • Peace and Global Governance
  • Theory of Global Governance
  • Evolution of Governance
  • Structure of Global Governance
  • Business and Global Governance
  • Trends and Pressures in Governance Systems
  • States and Global Governance

OEF also maintains the blog Peace Talks on a variety of topics including peace and security, global governance, theory, and human behavior.

Publications[edit]

OEF produces research reports, discussion papers, working papers, policy briefs, books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference reports.

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations[edit]

OEF hosts Global Governance, a quarterly academic journal published by Lynne Reinner Publishers in association with the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). Global Governance is intended to serve as a resource for researchers, students and practitioners interested in governance questions, and the journal's hosts welcome articles challenging conventional wisdom, whether written by scholars or practitioners. The journal engages questions surrounding problems and promises of global governance, such as how different sectors and actors can develop solutions to shared problems in the absence of a global government.

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