“With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.”― Malala Yousafzai

Welcome, my name is Roy Utley. I am a Peace Strategist and I am living the dream. What started for me as a intellectual exercise in conflict resolution and world peace has evolved into “The Manhattan Project for Peace“, utilizing the full spectrum of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Technology) to convert our culture or war to a culture of peace.

In the age of terrorism it is time for a 21st century “Sputnik moment.” A phrase that has different meanings for different people but for and the purpose at hand represents the technology gap between war and peace.

The original Sputnik moment came a couple of weeks after Sputnik 1, the first Earth-orbiting satellite, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union on Oct. 4, 1957. At the time, Sputnik was the first human-built object launched into orbit.

The small Sputnik satellite heralded the dawn of the so-called Space Race between the U.S. and Soviet Union that ended with Americans landing on the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In an analogous way the Manhattan Project for Peace is my attempt to initiate a race to peace. To shift collectively from the mind set of competition to one of collaboration with the goal of Peace.

There are two main sections to the Manhattan Project for Peace.

  • The educational component – The Art of Peace – a worldview map defining the path and obstacles to peace.
  • The research component – The Hitchens Art Movement is experimental research defining connections between (specifically the path involving the amygdala) the limbic system, emotions and physiological responses to various stimuli. In an attempt to extract or distill the raw material of primal essence to be used in a trademark style to make art. Also the relationship between aesthetics and ethics and morality.

Artist statement:On the frontier of peace at the intersection of art and science I am creating the ‘Manhattan Project for Peace’ based on the fusion of sound political ideology, psychology, philosophy, ethics, morality, cognitive science and systems theory.  A comprehensive program for an international solidarity that is necessary to secure lasting justice. Even if moderately successful this program could be a portal to a 21st century renaissance, promoting peace and humanity in the world with scientific and artistic innovation.”

Life is good. Peace & Love, everyone.


PS: If you would like hear a presentation on the “Manhattan Project for Peace” or simply want more information about about it please contact us using the contact page and let me know. 


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