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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Krystal Wang

The November 2021 Volunteer Spotlight features Krystal Wang from China, a World BEYOND War intern assisting with the Peace Education & Action for Impact program and the WBW events team. Read Krystal’s story!

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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.

More About World BEYOND War

Click below for videos, text, powerpoints, photos, and other resources from our past annual conferences.

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