World BEYOND War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.

World BEYOND War was founded on January 1st, 2014, when co-founders David Hartsough and David Swanson set out to create a global
movement to abolish the institution of war itself, not just the “war of the day.” If war is ever to be abolished, then it must be taken off the table as a viable option. Just as there is no such thing as “good” or necessary slavery, there is no such thing as a “good” or necessary war. Both institutions are abhorrent and never acceptable, no matter the circumstances. So, if we can’t use war to resolve international conflicts, what can we do? Finding a way to transition to a global security system that is supported by international law, diplomacy, collaboration, and human rights, and defending those things with nonviolent action rather than the threat of violence, is the heart of WBW.  Our work includes education that dispels myths, like “War is natural” or “We have always had war,” and shows people not only that war should be abolished, but also that it actually can be. Our work includes all variety of nonviolent activism that moves the world in the direction of ending all war.

Myths Debunked
The Case We Make Against War

World BEYOND War has a dedicated and growing staff:

David Swanson

Executive Director

Greta Zarro

Organizing Director

Rachel Small

Canada Organizer

Phill Gittins

Education Director

Marc Eliot Stein

Marc Eliot Stein

Technology Director

Alex McAdams

Development Director

Alessandra Granelli

Social Media Manager

World BEYOND War is run by a volunteer Board of Directors:


World BEYOND War is run largely by volunteers who devote their time for free. Here are some Volunteer Spotlights.



Our Donors

We are largely funded by very small donations. We are extremely grateful to every volunteer and donor, although we don’t have room to thank them all, and many prefer to be anonymous. Here is a page thanking those we can.

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World BEYOND War’s #NoWar2021 conference is going virtual! Save the date for June 4-6, 2021. Early-bird tickets are now available! Visit the #NoWar2021 Website! Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinPrintemail

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By World BEYOND War, May 31, 2020 Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of CANSEC, World BEYOND War held our 5th annual global conference virtually over the course of 3 days, instead of in Ottawa, Canada, as had

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Toronto waterfront


This event was held in 2018. Videos of this event are here. Live stream was here. Photos are here. Powerpoints and notes are now included in the schedule below.            Join World BEYOND War for our

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Peace Flotilla in Washington DC


September 22-24 Conference in Washington, D.C. Videos of this conference have been posted at Here’s a video playlist. Here’s a 2-hour highlights video. Here’s a 20-minute highlights video of Sam Adams award event. Individual videos are linked to below.

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#NoWar2016 was a series of panels and workshops, plus an awards ceremony and a protest action. The conference was sold out and universally praised in high terms. Various action plans came out of the workshops and other discussions at the

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