The Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace (GHFP) Research Institute was founded in 1995 by co-founders Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermès, a board member of Hermès International, and Sharif Istvan Horthy, the grandson of Admiral Horthy (Regent of Hungary 1920-1944).
GHFP Research Institute
Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace Research Institute events focus on creating opportunities for new forms of encounter and dialogue. We believe that such interactions can enhance mutual understanding and respect between people and harmony in societies.
The GHFP seeks to understand key concepts in peace, dialogue and human flourishing. By mapping out these conceptual landscapes always in terms of human-centred values, we hope to develop new ideas for cultivating a wider systemic transformation at many levels.
Our research in the area of peace and peacefulness involves both grassroots peacebuilding projects in post-conflict societies and dialogue amongst interdisciplinary specialists, thinkers and practitioners.
So far, we have developed ethically attuned understandings of positive peacefulness, which are not neutral with regard to the political-structural features of society. It requires us to translate such understandings into socio-political systemic terms.
Our well-being framework distinguishes four essential features of human living. Our lives are constituted by experiences, activities and processes. Second our lives are constituted by the quality of our awareness. Third by our connections and relationship inherent in those activities. Fourth, by self-awareness. Well-being involves a synergy of all is going well at the same time along these dimensions.
This account of well-being highlights the non-instrumental value and equal worth of all.
Our research investigation in governance is a principles based analysis. We advocate a process of ‘deep dialogue’. Integrating dialogue into governance can help challenge commonly held assumptions about socioeconomic, political and security issues. Bringing leaders and decision-makers together to identify fundamental questions about governance processes, and set challenges for future dialogue and inquiry at local, national, international and global level.
The GHFP’s work seeks to move away from an economic domination in the considerations in all social spaces towards the possibilities of well-being beyond instrumentalisation or commodification.
Join us in a dialogue amongst three globally renowned peace experts, Professors Scilla Elworthy, Mike Hardy and Mario Novelli, to explore these questions about peace in the city, and experience the practical approaches that can help heal the divides in the British communities following Brexit.
In 2019/20, our researchers have been working on a project that explores diverse perspectives on the notion of love, with a view to develop a truly captivating and galvanising conception of Love that can invite a fundamental shift in human…