How CouchSurfing Promotes World Peace

Natasha Murashev is the author of, a digital magazine focused on applied psychology.
Love to travel but don’t have enough money to stay at a hotel? Have an extra couch at your place and want to meet some cool people? In case you haven’t heard the buzz, CouchSurfing is a non-profit social networking organization that matches those who need a free place to crash and those who have an extra couch for interesting people from around the world. Now, CouchSurfing has joined the Stanford University’s Peace Dot Initiative to help promote world peace.

Although only about 9% of U.S. Facebook users believe that world peace is possible according to Facebook”s Peace Page, researchers at the Stanford’s Peace Lab write the following hopeful message:

Many are pessimistic about peace, but our Stanford team sees a different trend. Today many good things are happening. To highlight work that increases peace, we organized “Peace Dot” and invited some partners to join us for the alpha launch in October 2009.

The Peace Dot idea is simple: Orgs set up a subdomain at http://peace.[DomainName].com. At that page orgs share their work. At Stanford, we gather Peace Dot pages into a directory.

Thanks to the Internet, Peace Dot is a systematic, global solution that makes it easier to share and connect.

At, you will find statistics about the number of individuals who met each other through CouchSurfing and became friends as a result. As of today, for example, 135,700 close friendships have been made through CouchSurfing. Below are some other positive statistics that show that there is still kindness and friendship in today’s world.

After all, the secret to world peace is getting to really know others who may be different from us – you wouldn’t want to go to war with a good friend, would you?

Do you believe World Peace is possible? How else can we use social networking sites such as CouchSurfing and Facebook to promote World Peace?

Publish date: May 12, 2010 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT