From researchers, to musicians, activists and economists - we’ve gathered a selection of the most influential names in the Twittersphere that we feel are shaping global conversations about peace.

If you’re not well versed in Twitter language, Twitterati refers to the Tweet elite, those whose feeds attract thousands of followers and whose 140-character musing are engaging a global audience with key issues related to peace.

The list has been complied by the team here at Vision of Humanity and is separated into six key categories. These categories represent the diverse field of peace activism and research.

In order to make the cut we looked at content and influence; basically, if your tweets are promoting peace and you’re reaching a lot of people, we think you deserve a Twitterati badge of honour.

The Peace Twitterati is by no means definitive list – it’s more of an ongoing process of recognising those who are “doing good” in the Twittersphere and encouraging those new to Twitter, and/or peace, to stay in the know by following these 60.

We’ll eventually expand this list to the top 100, so if you have suggestions for the peace Twitterati or a new category within the Twitterati that you’d like to see added, please share them with us @GlobPeaceIndex #peacetwitterati or comment on this article. 


@alanna_shaikh Global Health/Int’l Development writer, thinker, & doer. Optimist & skeptic. Sr. TED fellow, USAID PSC, mom of 2 boys. Tweets my opinion only & not USG policy.

@bbclysedoucet BBC Presenter and Chief International Correspondent. Canada is my country, London is my city, but am at home in many places.

@cblatts  I write, read, teach and blog on development, economics, politics, Africa, and foreign policy (plus many other frivolous things). I'm faculty at Columbia U.

@cjchivers Senior Writer, The New York Times, covering conflict. Author: THE GUN, a history of automatic arms & their influence on war. Warning: This Feed Can Be Graphic.

@FareedZakaria Editor at TIME Magazine. Host of CNN's GPS: Sunday @ 10am and 1pm ET in the U.S. Blogger at http://CNN.com/GPS.

@globalvoices  Calling attention to the most interesting stories emerging from citizen media around the world.

@groundviews Award winning citizen journalism and commentary from Sri Lanka curated by Sanjana Hattotuwa.

@NickKristof New York Times columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, co-author Half the Sky, http://www.facebook.com/kristof

@RSF_RWB  Fil officiel de Reporters sans frontières - Reporters Without Borders fights for press freedom all over the world. 

@viewfromthecave Journalist at @thehumanosphere. Investigating the humanitarian/aid/development industry to learn what works and what doesn't.


@CGDev  The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement in the policy process.

@dambisamoyo  Economist & author of NYTimes bestsellers Winner Take All, Dead Aid & How The West Was Lost. Named by @TIME as one of 100 most influential people in the world.

@fp2p  From Poverty to Power blog links and tweets from Oxfam's Senior Strategic Adviser, Duncan Green. Usual disclaimers.

@HelenClarkUNDP  I'm Administrator @UNDP and former Prime Minister of #NewZealand, passionate about human #development world-wide.

@Hughcevans  CEO Global Poverty Project @theGPP @GLBLCTZN | Founder at Oaktree @OaktreeAU | Live Below the Line @LBLUS | @EndofPolio | Make Poverty History

@JeffDSachs Director of the @EarthInstitute and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (@unsdsn)

@ODI_development The Overseas Development Institute is the UK’s leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

@ONECampaign ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 4 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

@OpenSociety The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

@unfoundation Connecting people, ideas and resources with the United Nations.


@BillGates Sharing things I'm learning through my foundation work and other interests...

@bonifacemwangi  Living my life to make a difference. Free Spirit. Husband. Father. Photo-Activist. Idealist. Patriot. Fearless. Prince Claus Laureate. Acumen & Senior Ted Fellow

@DalaiLama Welcome to the official twitter page of the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

@ForestWhitaker  Artist, Humanist and @UNESCO Special Envoy. We all share a common bond - to bring peace, love & harmony into the world! We are one...

@humansofny  Creator of the blog and #1 NYT bestselling book, Humans of New York. I take pictures of people on the street and ask them questions.

@KofiAnnan This account is run by the Kofi Annan Foundation. Tweets from Kofi Annan are signed KA.

@MalalaFund The Malala Fund is the official organization led by Malala Yousafzai focused on helping girls go to school and raise their voices for the right to education.

@monaeltahawy  Writer and public speaker on feminism and Arab and Muslim issues. Book on misogyny in the Arab world due 2014. Tattoos, dancing & bad singing are the solution.

@PrensaPEsquivel Twitter oficial de Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Premio Nobel de la Paz 1980. 

@yokoono  IMAGINE PEACE: Think PEACE, Act PEACE, Spread PEACE.


@AfPeacebuilding  The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a coalition of diverse organizations & professionals working together to build sustainable peace and security worldwide.

@CarnegieEndow The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the U.S. and the first global think tank.

@CrisisGroup  We're an independent, non-profit, non-governmental org, committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.

@CSIS The Center for Strategic & International Studies provides strategic insights & bipartisan foreign policy solutions to help chart a course toward a better world.

@intalert  Independent peacebuilding organisation that has worked for over 25 years to lay the foundations for lasting peace in communities affected by violent conflict.

@KenRoth Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

@Saferworld Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives.

@SIPRIorg SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament.

@UNODC  UNODC assists Governments and other entities across the world to roll back threats caused by illicit #drugs, transnational organized #crime and #terrorism.

@USIP Created by the Congress, the independent U.S. Institute of Peace works to prevent, mitigate and resolve international conflict through.


@cshirky Bald. Unreliable. Easily distracte

@EthanZ Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab, Global Voices, Berkman Center. Author of Rewire, published by W.W. Norton

@good GOOD is a place to share creative solutions for living well and doing good.

@kiwanja Mobile technologist. Anthropologist | Tech Awards Laureate. Nat Geo Explorer. Ashoka Fellow | Founder:@FrontlineSMS @MeansofExchange | Author: @ReluctantsBook

@kenyanpundit Mama of 3 girls who will run the world, Director Investments @OmidyarNetwork, ex-Google Policy Manager Africa, co-founder Ushahidi & Mzalendo, Kenyan patriot.

@Liberationtech  @StanfordCDDRL's high-volume news feed on tech, democracy, freedom, human rights & development. Mailing list at http://is.gd/liberationtech.

@mjamme Technology & Education Activist. Tech Entrepreneur. WEF YGL2013 Honouree. Curator of @africagathering, Founder of@jjiguenetech, Love Anthropology, Art and Food

@PatrickMeier Pioneering Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies | 5x @TEDx Speaker |@RockefellerFdn@PopTech@NatGeo Fellow | @Stanford PreDoc |@FletcherSchool PhD

@socialgood  News about social good events, innovations and non-profits from @Mashable. mashable.com/social-good

@TechChange The Economist's Geeks for Good, we do tech training for social change. Check out our online courses: http://goo.gl/lJ9Z9 


@childreninwar  The Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict serves to promote and protect the rights of all children affected by armed conflict

@masterpeace2014  Global #Peace Movement that is dedicated to put #music above fighting,#dialogue above judgment, bread above bombs and creation above destruction

@pcdnetwork PCDN=news, networking, careers and resources 4 individuals/orgs in intl affairs, development, peacebuilding, social change and related fields.

@PeaceAlliance Taking peacebuilding from the margins of politics and society to its rightful place: central to our policymaking, investment, and understanding.

@peacedirect Peace Direct finds, funds and promotes local people who are building #peace in their own communities.

@PeaceOneDay  Founded by @JeremyGilley, Peace One Day raises awareness & encourages action for #PeaceDay 21 September. Join the largest call for peace the world has ever seen

@SFCG_ FCG is an international #peacebuilding NGO that works to end violent & destructive conflict worldwide, with offices in 30 countries.  #EndViolentConflict#EndV

@TheElders  Independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights. Founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

@wagingnv A community and a resource for news, analysis and discussion on the many ways that ordinary people around the globe are using nonviolence every day.

@WomenWarPeace War and peace are changing in the 21st century, and women are right in the middle of it. Watch full episodes online now!

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