Planetary Citizenship

About the Authors

Hazel Henderson is a world-renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of Beyond Globalization, and seven other books translated in many languages. Her editorials appear in 27 languages and more than 400 newspapers syndicated by InterPress Service, Rome, New York, and Washington DC. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Challenge (in the USA). She created “Ethical Marketplace, a financial TV show, which features the best-managed, most socially responsible companies, the cleanest, greenest technologies to be licensed worldwide in 2004 (

She sits on several editorial boards, including Futures Research Quarterly, The State of the Future Report, WorldPaper, E/The Environmental Magazine (USA), Resurgence and Futures (UK). She is a Fellow of the World Business Academy and co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, the Report of the Global Commission to Fund the United Nations. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Calvert Social Investment Fund and The New Economics Foundation (London, UK). She co-created with the Calvert Group, Inc.: the Calvert-Henderson Quality-of-Life Indicatorssm, updated at

In addition, she has been Regent's Lecturer at the University of California (Santa Barbara), held the Horace Albright Chair in Conservation at the University of California (Berkeley) holds many honorary degrees and advised the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment and the National Science Foundation from 1974 to 1980. She is an active member of the National Press Club (Washington DC), the Social Venture Network, and the World Futures Society (USA). Henderson also shared the 1996 Global Citizen Award with Nobelist A. Perez Esquivel of Argentina.

Daisaku Ikeda is one of the foremost interpreters of Buddhist philosophy in the world today. He has traveled to more than 50 countries conducting dialogues with political, cultural and intellectual leaders, actively applying his strong belief that international understanding and the realization of peace begins with heart-to-heart dialogue.

In 1975 he became president of the Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist association with members (now) in 188 countries. He has defined the organization’s objectives as: “Working for peace by opposing all forms of violence and contributing to the welfare of humankind by pursuing humanistic culture and education.” Toward that end he has founded numerous international cultural institutes including the Toda Peace Institute, the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, the Institute for Oriental Philosophy and the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. He also founded many non-sectarian schools (kindergarten through university level) and in May 2001, Soka University of America, a four-year liberal arts college, opened its doors in Aliso Viejo, California.

For his humanitarian endeavors in a range of fields he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award, the International Tolerance Award of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the United Nations Peace Award among others.

He has written dozens of books, many of them dialogues, which have been translated into dozens of languages, including Before Its Too Late with Dr. Aurelio Peccei; A Lifelong Quest for Peace with Dr. Linus Pauling and Dialogue of World Citizens with Dr. Norman Cousins. Major books he has written include: Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death, For the Sake of Peace, The Living Buddha, Soka Education, and The Way of Youth.

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