Defining Peace for the 21st Century

Founded in 1993, the Ikeda Center engages diverse scholars and social innovators in the search for the ideas and solutions that will assist in the peaceful evolution of individuals and humankind. To that end, we host events, publish books, and produce original resources for our website.

Learn about the history, mission, vision, values, and people that shape our work.Learn about the history, mission, vision, values, and people that shape our work.Encounter essays, interviews, lectures, and articles exploring diverse facets of our work.

What's New?

Please join us on Thursday, October 27th, for a timely dialogue with Dr. Ceasar McDowell, President of the Interaction Institute for Social Change, and Professor of the Practice of Community Development at MIT. Dr. McDowell will give a presentation and lead a dialogue on the topic: "Crisis or Opportunity? A Dialogue on Democracy, Inclusion, and Community." Click through for more details!


In this new (Sept. '16) essay, the Center's Mitch Bogen explores Gandhi's famous statement that “if we are to reach real peace in this world..., we shall have to begin with children.” What did Gandhi mean by that? What kind of education of youth would lead to peace, in his view? This piece explains how Gandhi's statement was inspired by Montessori education, how the Montessori method functions as peace education, and the implications of of Gandhi's conviction for today's educational environment. Click to read the essay!

A great resource for up-to-the-minute articles and essays relating to peace, learning, and dialogue is the Common Threads blog. Recent features include an open letter from musicians Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock urging artists and non-artists alike to lives of curiosity, compassion, and creativity; an interview with friend of the Ikeda Center Ceasar McDowell discussing the importance of voice; and an interview with Nobel Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, who says, “War is born in the minds of men, and if we are to find new paths toward the resolution of conflicts, we must disarm the armed conscience.”

Two new episodes of the Ikeda Center podcast are now available for listening. The first features peace activist and New York City public school educator Matt Meyer in part two of a discussion of peace as a classroom practice. If you are honest with students, they will be honest with you, he says. The second features Judith Thompson discussing "Social Healing and the Greater Self." She describes how the practice of social healing represents a paradigm shift. Click through to listen!

The Ikeda Center promotes the humanistic education philosophy and model called Soka, or value-creating, education. First developed by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi in Japan in the first half of the 20th century, Soka education resonates both with Buddhist humanism and humanistic education in the tradition of John Dewey. Soka education is an emerging field of study in the United States and abroad. To serve as an introduction to Soka education and to further research we created an annotated bibliography of sources exploring multiple dimensions of this important educational movement. You can view the newly updated (08/16) bibliography in our About section or click here to link over.

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