President Ikeda is the founder of the Soka (value creation) school system, which is based on an ideal of fostering each student's unique creative potential and cultivating an ethic of peace, social contribution and global consciousness. He has also founded a number of cultural and peace research institutions around the world. A staunch proponent of dialogue as the foundation of peace, he has since the 1970s, pursued dialogues with a wide range of individuals from political, cultural, educational and academic fields the world over. Over 50 of these have been published in book form, with people such as Arnold Toynbee, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elise Boulding, Joseph Rotblat, Aurelio Peccei, Linus Pauling, Hazel Henderson and Prof. MS Swaminathan.
President Ikeda has also been a continuing source of inspiration for the SGI's global grassroots activities in areas such as human rights protection, nuclear abolition, disarmament, sustainable development and cultural exchange. A strong upholder of Gandhiji’s philosophy of nonviolence, he has on one of his visits to India, also delivered the Fourth Gandhi Memorial Lecture, ‘Towards a World Without War: Gandhism and the Modern World’. In his personal reflections on Gandhism, Ikeda focused on four aspects—Gandhi’s optimism, his activism, his populism and the holistic nature of his vision.
A prolific writer and poet, President Ikeda is author of more than 150 works which range from philosophical treatises to children’s books, as well as essays on numerous subjects and poetry. His best known work, the multivolume The Human Revolution, is a novelised historical account of the development and growth of the Soka Gakkai.