A New Approach to Working for Peace

Milt Lauenstein

Milt Lauenstein (MBA University of Chicago, BS ChE Purdue U) was involved in business management from 1948 until 2001 as an executive and management consultant. He served as a director of a dozen for-profit corporations and half a dozen not-for-profits, having been Chairman or CEO of several of them. He served as a Senior Lecturer on Business Policy at the University of Chicago and as Executive-in-Residence at Northeastern University. He is the author of the book “What’s Your Game Plan?” about business strategy, published by Dow-Jones Irwin.

Under President Johnson, he was a member of the US Department of Commerce Technical Advisory Board.


Since 2001, he has been active in peacebuilding. He funded a successful campaign by local citizens of Guinea-Bissau to prevent a national election campaign from triggering a return to civil war in 2005. Based on that experience, he founded the Purdue Peace Project, which successfully assisted local citizens to prevent violence in several other countries in West Africa. He has funded a number of research projects, reports on which may be found in the Publications section. He was one of the founders of the Better Evidence Project.


With Dr. Elliot Short, he co-authored the book, “Peace and Conflict since 1991”, being published by Peter Lang. He has written several published articles on peacebuilding. He posts frequently on peacebuilding on Linkedin.

He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946, finally being appointed Executive Officer of a small ship, PCE 886. He is married with four children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He attended several art schools in the US and Europe and continues to paint as an avocation. He is a Quaker.


If you would like to get in touch with me, please email me at miltlau@me.com