Peace and Disarmament
Boston Research Center for the 21st Century Commended by Psychologists for Social Responsibility for Promoting Peace and Social Justice
Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) presented the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) with its 2005 Distinguished Contribution to Building Cultures of Peace Award for contributing to global awareness and for "cultivating an international sense of community [that] has produced a rich harvest of peace activities and educational resources." PsySR President Paul Kimmel presented the award to BRC Director Virginia Straus and BRC President Masao Yokota at a ceremony on August 20, 2005 in Washington, D.C., USA. Dr. Kimmel stated that BRC founder Daisaku Ikeda has set a precedent for using dialogue as a crucial step to genuine peace through his dialogues with world leaders, thinkers and activists such as the late Arnold Toynbee as well as Elise Boulding, Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai and Mikhail Gorbachev. Dr. Kimmel said he believed BRC is an institution that promotes and contributes a holistic vision for peace and the creation of a collaborative society imbued with a spirit of tolerance, based on honest and open dialogue that reflects a magnanimous spirit. [BRC's web site: http://www.brc21.org/].
[PsySR, with a membership of some 1,000 individuals in the field of psychology, is a nonprofit organization that uses psychological knowledge and skills to promote peace with social justice at the community, national and international levels. The PsySR Distinguished Contribution to Building Cultures of Peace Award, begun in 1998, is given to organizations considered to effectively transform cultures of violence into cultures of peace by promoting values such as respect for human rights, gender equality, nonviolence, reconciliation, tolerance and solidarity, and sustainable development. It is presented at the PsySR Annual Awards Ceremony during the American Psychological Association Convention. PsySR's web site: http://www.psysr.org/]