Treaty of One Heart
A treaty between states at conflict committing them to ritual breathing via a smart phone app to minimise tension
The Treaty of One Heart was a semi-finalist in Futuring Peace 2020—a competition calling for designers and futurists to evoking speculative futures of fostering peace, run by the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and Design Futures Initiative
Design fiction synopsis
It’s 2022. Europe tensions are rising. Joe Biden leads the US and Kim Yo-jong has taken leadership of North Korea. Power shifts continue to disrupt, and measures for conflict-prevention and human rights continue to be impaired. Conflict is inevitable!
Just as the boots of troops fall into a rhythm as they march toward conflict, so too can the hearts of leaders and citizens of conflicting states fall into synch and contribute to tension minimisation.
How the treaty works
Leaders maintain peace with mindfulness by syncing their hearts through controlled breathing
Leaders and citizens maintain mindfulness throughout the conflict cycle to minimise tension
Breathing, mindfulness and minimising tension
Protracted conflicts rush leaders into making significant decisions, while spot-fires of internal conflict spark emotionally charged reactions that might further prolong the conflict.
Controlled breathing can strengthen leader’s and citizen’s capacity to make calm and grounded decisions by filtering out the emotional distraction of rising tensions. Controlled breathing clears the bloodstream of the stress hormone cortisol while increasing the vitality hormone DHEA; reduces anxiety and blood pressure; allows us to control our emotional state; and fosters strong cognitive performance. 
Empathy, unity, commitment