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Into Full Flower
Making Peace Cultures Happen

By Elise Boulding and Daisaku Ikeda



It is a delight to eavesdrop, as it were, on the conversation between Elise Boulding, a friend and colleague for fifty-five years, and Daisaku Ikeda, whom I know only through his words—two visionary thinkers and unabashed humanists. Coming from different traditions, they share a profound commitment to peace and human welfare, to diversity and world citizenship, to open listening and dialogue, and to envisioning and building a better future. In a flowing dialogue, they build on each other’s experiences and ideas to produce valuable insights for creating peace cultures.
Herbert Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Harvard University


This animated conversation between Elise Boulding and Daisaku Ikeda covers many intriguing topics in the field of peace culture. Each draws upon decades of personal experience, and their dialogue winds its way from the small-scale but crucial details of family life, through the organization and practice of education, to the broad lessons of intercultural learning. Boulding and Ikeda encourage us to rethink our own priorities and to consider alternatives that are more social, peaceful, just, and fun.
Paul Joseph, Professor of Sociology, and Director, Peace and Justice Program, Tufts University


This book is a wonderful encapsulation of so much of what is important and necessary to transform our present global war culture into one of peace, sustainability, and hope. In this series of dialogues, Daisaku Ikeda and Elise Boulding share with readers their rich wisdom, based on their lifetimes of studying, speaking, and writing of the importance of a sea change in our values. The authors point out that we must learn to move from an ethos of individualism to one of conversation, caring and compassion, as we seek, without enmity, to understand one another across the differences that divide us. Education must be at the forefront of such movements for building peace. This kind of education honors the creative spirit and energy of each individual, yet calls us, at the same time, into community. True peace and happiness begins with each of us as individuals yet can only be fulfilled when each of us works conjointly for the happiness of others as much as for ourselves. It is in the constant connections with members of our human family that the true basis of peace lies. Good pedagogy is connected to a reverence for life and is rooted in life’s most diverse experiences. Ikeda and Boulding point out that changing our culture cannot happen without honoring the contributions of women and without giving credence to the traditional feminine values of nurturing, listening, and caring. Social reform and any building of peace culture must rest both upon the firm foundation of the inner transformative work of the human heart and upon an ethos of love.
Mary Lee Morrison, Founding Director of Pax Educare, Inc., and author of Elise Boulding: A Life in the Cause of Peace.





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