Peace and Disarmament
Power of Dialogue Highlighted at SGI-UK Peace Proposal Symposium
On September 16, eighteen social scientists from universities around the UK gathered at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre to discuss themes stimulated by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2011 peace proposal titled "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Human Spirit." Symposium participants discussed the importance of social leadership and the need for genuine dialogue in order to engender creative responses and empower ordinary citizens to take the lead in changing society for the better and in the movement for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The 2011 proposal calls for global civil society to take action toward these endeavors, which Ikeda depicts as two key challenges of our time.
Presentations were given by Dr. Jim Cowan, honorary visiting fellow at London South Bank University, and Dr. Michele Lamb, principal lecturer in Human Rights and Sociology at Roehampton University. Dr. Lamb highlighted the lack of connection between the human rights movement and the movement for nuclear abolition and considered what each might learn from the other. These presentations served as springboards for the scholars' discussions.
[Adapted from a report from the September 21, 2011, issue of the SGI-UK Online News Bulletin; photos courtesy of Yoichi Masumoto]