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2016 Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue

Crisis or Opportunity?
A Dialogue on Democracy, Inclusion, and Community

With Ceasar McDowell

October 27, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Reception at 6:00 p.m.

RSVP for this free event here!

Gandhi portrait

If you work in education you might have seen it on a refrigerator magnet or read it on a poster; or maybe you’ve heard it quoted in a talk. Lately you might have encountered it as an Internet meme. It being Gandhi’s claim that “if we are to reach real peace in this world..., we shall have to begin with children.” But what did Gandhi mean by that? What kind of education of youth would lead to peace, in his view? This September 2016 essay by the Center's Mitch Bogen looks at how Gandhi was inspired by Montessori...

A great resource for up-to-the-minute articles and essays relating to peace, learning, and dialogue is the Common Threads blog, hosted by Soka Gakkai International, the parent organization of the Ikeda Center. The Common Threads mission is "to generate interest in topics related to the development of a culture of peace and to stimulate a growing network of global citizens active in the pursuit of peace. It features articles written by a diverse range of contributors in the hope of providing a space for sustained dialogue and for exploring...

Two new episodes of the Ikeda Center podcast are now available for listening. The first episode features peace activist and New York City public school educator Matt Meyer in part two of a discussion of peace as a classroom practice. In it, he says: “If you go in with respect, with the truth, with your own honest self, no matter what you teach, you will most likely get it back from at least the vast majority of students you're teaching. And to me that says a lot, not just about how to become a good teacher, but how to become a good organizer and a good person.” 

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 and to further research we created an annotated bibiography of sources exploring multiple dimensions of this important educational movement. You can view the newly updated...

Ann Diller speaking

The year 2016 marks the anniversaries of two publications important to the Ikeda Center. One hundred years ago, in 1916, John Dewey published his landmark book Democracy and Education. And twenty years ago, in June 1996, Center founder Daisaku Ikeda delivered an address at Teachers College, Columbia University, called “Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship.” On June 17 the Center held a panel discussion featuring top education scholars who explored core themes from these works and explained why humanistic education, as it has developed over the last century, is so well...

Daisaku Ikeda portrait

The goal of education for global citizenship is steadily on the rise. This is a welcome development, one that inspires hope for the fate of our world. Universities have been taking the lead in this effort for a number of years now. For example, Northeastern University (with whom we partner in their student Cooperative Education program), decribes itself as "a leader in global experiential education," with most of its students spending a semester overseas working for an NGO. K-12 schools also emphasize increasing global awareness, often through environmental- or civic-related projects that...


Living as Learning:
The Humanistic Challenge to Contemporary Education  

Friday, June 17th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Reception at 6:00pm

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On Friday, June 17th, we will host a timely panel discussion exploring key challenges and...

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Knowing Our Worth:
Conversations on Energy and Sustainability

by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Daisaku Ikeda

What is to be done? No challenge summons this question more urgently than the global challenge of transitioning to clean, efficient, and renewable energy...

USF audience

As much as we want to "increase the peace," sometimes we also want to "increase the confrontation." This comment by educator, author, and activist Matt Meyer captured the tone of the recent panel discussion "Glimmers of Hope: Peace Education Around the Globe," co-sponsored by the Ikeda Center and the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Education. Joining Mr. Meyer on the panel were Monisha Bajaj of USF, Maria Hantzopoulos of Vassar College, and Tetsushi Ogata of the University of California, Berkeley. The event was moderated by USF doctoral student in education Mahi Takazawa. The...


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