The Inaugural Wee Kim Wee – SOKA International Seminar on Global Peace & Understanding

THE INAUGURAL WEE KIM WEE – SOKA INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON GLOBAL PEACE & UNDERSTANDING ( 3- 4 March)

 

We are proud to announce The Inaugural  Wee Kim Wee – SOKA International Seminar on Global Peace & Understanding which will take place on 3 and 4 March 2016.

 

Singapore Soka Association is our generous co-sponsor for this series, which will carry on for 5 years. Together we hope to work towards the creation of a deeper understanding of peace. In Japanese, the word SOKA means “Value Creation”.

 

In his peace proposal, Dr Ikeda, whose thoughts and philosophy ground this Series, highlights how opening up the inner capacities of our lives can bring forth the limitless possibilities of each individual. He believes in empowering individuals to resolve global issues and achieve lasting peace.

 

Dr Ikeda’s philosophy of human revolution involves a transformation of mind and heart, which enables every one of us to find the true purpose in life. Like Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Ikeda believes that his life is his message.

 

Through the years, he has promoted outstanding institutions of education and higher learning in different parts of the world. Education can be instrument of peace especially for many children in conflict zones. The question we must constantly ask ourselves is how can we “Value Create” in order to build resilient and sustainable societies.

 

A sustainable global society can be formed particularly through empowering the youth via education thus allowing them to tackle the challenges faced by the society. In the words of Confucius,  “if there is integrity of heart, there will be beauty of character, if there is beauty of character, there will be harmony in house, if there is harmony in house, there will be order in nation, if there is order in nation, there will be peace in the world”.

 

Scholars and thinkers from around the world are going to be presenting their views from many different perspectives on this important issue.

 

Please come and participate and help make this Inaugural event a success and also contribute your own views in relation to the theme.

 

We look forward to welcoming you.

  • Prof.N.Radhakrishnan

    A Gandhian thinker, peace- activist, educator and author of over 70 books in English on Gandhi, Peace Education and harmony, Professor Radhakrishnan is visiting Faculty to several of world’s prestigious Universities and Peace Institutes and a Professor Emeritus....   Read More

    Prof.N.Radhakrishnan

    A Gandhian thinker, peace- activist, educator and author  of over  70 books in English  on Gandhi, Peace Education and harmony, Professor Radhakrishnan is visiting Faculty to several of world’s prestigious Universities and Peace Institutes  and a Professor Emeritus.
    • He  has also the reputation of being one of world’s topmost trainers in nonviolence and runs regular seminars, workshops, training programs in Nonviolent Conflict- Management, Gandhi-philosophy  and Culture of Peace
    • Radhakrishnan, trained by such distinguished activists as Baba Amte, and G.Ramachandran  also led nonviolent training programmes in several conflict zones in the world such as Cyprus, Palestine, Srilanka, Columbia besides running similar programmes in many conflict areas across India during the last fifty years.
    • He, an influential academic and peace worker, after leaving university service has also served as Director of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (New Delhi) for over a decade.
    • He led the Shanti Sena programme at the Gandhigram University, and extended its reach all over to improve communal harmony in the country in association with University Grants Commission and several universities both in and outside India.
      International Recognitions: The international community has honored  him with  several prestigious awards:
    • The Soka University of Tokyo conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate in 2001 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to peace education globally.
    The Morehouse College(USA) nominated him to its global council of scholars The Atlanta-based Gandhi- King -Ikeda Community Builders Award for 2001was also conferred on him in view of his outstanding contribution to promote peace and harmony.       National Recognitions:
    • He has received such prestigious awards as the Rajeev Gandhi Sadbhavana Award of (2007),Acharya Mahapragya Award for Nonviolence(2008),Gandhi-Vallalar Award for Harmony(2009),MKK Award( 2006) for humanrights.He has been recently selected by the National Communal Harmony Foundation ( Govt.of India) for its prestigious Award ( 2013).
      Founder of institutions and initiatives for peace Prof.Radhakrishnan has founded several institutions such as Gandhi Media Foundation,  Ikeda Centre for Value Creation, G.Ramachandran Institute for Nonviolence; Hinsamukt Bharat Andolan  ,the Shanti Sena Training Centres (Trivandrum  & Manjeswaram) and Gandhigriham( Trivandrum).                                              Ongoing programmes under his lead     
    • The Hinsamukt Bharat Andolan ( Violence free society campaign),now ten years old, to which he is the founding General Secretary has been organising various programmes to promote dialogue, harmony and reconciliation among various segments of society.
    • Interstate Gandhi Peace Bus and regular training programmes in nonviolence:
    A theatre specialist and media trainer Prof.Radhakrishnan recently designed and held successfully the first Gandhi Short Film Fest in an attempt to encourage  students and youth to explore Gandhi’s life, message and their contemporary relevance as potential themes for short films, and social media interaction.
    • The  80 Youth Assemblies  Against Violence that were held in different States of India ; The Inter State Gandhi Peace Bus ;  the National Campaigns of Youth Against Terror and Violence; Youth for Peace Campaigns which Prof.Radhakrishnan  successfully organised in association with NYKS, NSS and Gandhian organisations  were hailed as significant initiatives .
      National initiatives and organizations  he  presently leads   Chairman of Indian Council of Gandhian Studies ( New Delhi);  (ii) Founder of   Gandhi Media Foundation;    (iii) General Convenor of Himsamukt Bharat Foundation;    (iv ) Chairman of Gandhigrih (Trivandrum);   (v) President of Rengaprabhat Children’s Theatre;   (vi) Chairman of Vinoba-Venkatesh Rao Shanti Sena Centre(Manjeswaram);   (vii) Founder:Ikeda  Centre for Value Creation ( Trivandrum);  (viii) Chairman of Centre for Promotion of Communal Harmony and National Integration (Madurai) ;  (ix) Chairman of Gandhidarshan Kendra, Chennai ;  (x) Working Chairman of Kerala Gandhi Smarak   Nidhi ; (xi) Executive Committee member of  Gandhi National  Museum ( New Delhi) ; (xii) Founder: PKN Trust(Kollam);  (xiii)  President: G.Sankara Pillai Memorial Centre for Performing Arts,Trivandrum;   (xiv) Founder: Missionaries of Nonviolence Foundation ( Madurai); (xv) Secretary General, Writers Forum For Harmony(New Delhi),Managing Trustee,Gandhi Peace Mission. Visit www.profnradhakrishnan.com; gandhimediafoundation.com;gandhipeacemission2015.in  

  • VISWA SADASIVAN

    VISWA SADASIVAN is regarded as a thinker, opinion leader and advocate of Singapore’s evolving socio-political space. ...   Read More

    VISWA SADASIVAN

    VISWA SADASIVAN is regarded as a thinker, opinion leader and advocate of Singapore’s evolving socio-political space.   He is CEO of Strategic Moves, a specialist strategic and crisis communications consulting practice with a keen interest in policy issues. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of IQ [Inconvenient Questions], a socio-political site that seeks to raise the quality and depth of online discourse through robust, reasoned debate.   Viswa has over 3 decades of experience in  current affairs and public engagement in Singapore: as a TV presenter (Feedback, Talking-Point), chairman of the then Feedback Unit's political development division, as a principal mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre, and as a Nominated Member of Parliament.  He has served on several major national committees on economic and policy matters and serves as a board member of SPRING and the Singapore International Mediation Centre, among other civic commitments.   Viswa holds a Master in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government and Administration, Harvard University where he topped his class in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

  • Roshan lee

    Roshan Lee is an Australian educator with particular interest in Mathematics and Science for primary learners with an appreciation the Junior and Middle Years play in the lifelong process of moral and ethical development in the lives of children....   Read More

    Roshan lee

    Roshan Lee is an Australian educator with particular interest in Mathematics and Science for primary learners with an appreciation the Junior and Middle Years play in the lifelong process of moral and ethical development in the lives of children. As an educator primarily situated in the Middle Years phase of learning, Roshan’s aim has always been to intrinsically motivate students to begin developing their capabilities in becoming independent and reflective learners; who can manage themselves and their learning well; enable them to acquire the skills to be a strong self advocate, articulate their preferred learning style and the strategies that work for themselves; encourage them to have a growth mindset, so that they respond positively to challenges and look for new learning opportunities. With these aims in mind, she has continually refined her pedagogical practices to keep students motivated, pursuing learning and leadership opportunities both locally and internationally. Roshan has been appointed to the role of Assistant Director of Junior Years, commencing January 2016.A highly respected and experienced practitioner, Roshan brings 5 years of experience working within the WildfellProgram to this role, giving the school an excellent opportunity to further strengthen links between Junior and Middle Years Programs.

  • Chea Vannath

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    Chea Vannath

    Chea Vannath Chea Vannath is former President of the Center for Social Development, a Cambodian non-governmental organisation that seeks to influence public policy and promote good governance. She is serving as a Senior Advisor of Girl GuideAssociation of Cambodia”, and member of the Board of Directors of a couple  of non-governmental organisations. Vannath is one of the group of women in the group of “ 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize” that was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2005; World people’s Blog, World-Wide Asian Eurasian Human Rights Forum- Chea Vannath- Cambodia , December 2007; cited by Ankor Thom Magazine (May 03- May 15, 2004, “ the Famous 8 women in Cambodia Society” , Page 14)

  • HOA NGUYEN ADAM

    HOA NGUYEN ADAM | Hoa has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, mostly on international development, gender, rights and anti-human trafficking projects in Asia and Africa. The key areas of Hoa’s experience include advocacy, technical support and coordination to ensure effective organization o...   Read More

    HOA NGUYEN ADAM

    HOA NGUYEN ADAM | Hoa has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, mostly on international development, gender, rights and anti-human trafficking projects in Asia and Africa. The key areas of Hoa’s experience include advocacy, technical support and coordination to ensure effective organization of multi stakeholder consultations, producing quality reports and effective facilitating for understanding, changes, knowledge sharing between countries and institutions and providing technical support and long-term support to governments, ASEAN delegates and NGOs in the GMS sub-region.

  • Michael Yap

    He is the Chairman of Singapore Soka Association. Singapore Soka Association is part of the larger world movement of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization that promotes peace, culture and education basing on the underlying philosophy of Buddhist humanism....   Read More

    Michael Yap

    He is the Chairman of Singapore Soka Association. Singapore Soka Association is part of the larger world movement of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization that promotes peace, culture and education basing on the underlying philosophy of Buddhist humanism. He is a also a practising lawyer in M/s Soh Wong & Yap and  an accredited Principal Mediator and Collaborative Family Practitioner with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) and International Mediation Institute (IMI).  He does workshops on mediation and dispute/conflict resolution. His special interest is in the study and practice of dialogue. He is a member of the panel of The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research.

WEE KIM WEE CENTRE @ SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

The Wee Kim Wee Centre is tasked to promote deeper understanding of the impact of cultural diversity on the business environment.  The late Dr Wee Kim Wee, after whom the Wee Kim Wee Centre in Singapore Management University is named, had a heart for people and for lifelong learning.  The Centre hosts and supports lectures, conferences, publications and aims to advance learning and thinking about cross cultural issues.

SOKA

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) was officially registered with the Registry of Societies in 1972 as a Buddhist organization that aims to promote the understanding and practice of Nichiren Buddhism.  The organization is committed to working towards peace, social harmony and progress.   Soka means “creation of value”.  It describes the core spirit of self-empowerment in Buddhism.  The life-affirming Buddhist philosophy and teaching empowers one with wisdom and spirituality to live a value-creative life and be a positive influence in one’s family, community and society at large.   SSA is part of an international network of Soka affiliated organisations under the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) movement that has membership in 192 countries and territories worldwide.