Imagine a world in which the majority of human beings clearly know how to use their unique abilities & express their passion(s) to serve the world.

Welcome to the Ikigai Lab

IKIGAI Lab is a group of LPI researchers, professionals and students.

Over the last 5 years we have facilitated 300+ Ikigai workshops. The core aim of our work is to research and then scale methods that can help individuals and organisations to identify and realize a purpose with a triple bottom line (profit, people, planet), a purpose that nourishes not only themselves, but also others and which contributes to a regeneration of the overall ecosystem (e.g. through contributing to the SDGs, the sustainable development goals).

What is Ikigai?

生 ( I) alive, life, to live / き (ki) / 甲斐 (gai) value of doing something

IKIGAI is a Japanese concept, usually interpreted as purpose in life or that that makes your life worthwhile. As people are struggling to make sense of their lives, this reflective process has become widely popular in the West over the last 5 years, since we started our research into the 4 questions that are popularly associated with the Ikigai process:

  1. What do you love? ❤️
  2. What does the world need? 🌍
  3. What are you good at? 💪🏽
  4. What can you be paid for? 💰

There has been a wealth of research into the nature of purpose both in the West, as in Japan itself, which has validated the intuitions of tradition. Each individual's ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, values and beliefs. While a person's Ikigai does not need to depend on resources, like money (fourth Ikigai circle), this last investigation highly increases the person's ability to dedicate enough time in their day-to-day to live their purpose.

People coming together


Our Goal: To help 40.000 people in the next 5 years to thrive individually and collectively contribute to the wider world using our Ikigai process.

Ikigai+ is an app that guides you and a soon-to-be-friend through a conversation-based self-reflection process. Our AI chatbot helps you to deepen the inquiry and define clear sets of values, strengths, ultimate causes and ultimately offers a set of potential professions to explore. Beyond professions, Ikigai+ generates a multiplicity of actions to put your Ikigai into practice and accompany you step by step to integrate your Ikigai into your life.

Our process is the result of 5 years of research and experimentation + a fruitful collaboration between Cergy University and the Learning Planet Institute.

  • 300+ workshops since 2018
  • Participants age ranging between 8 - 70 year olds
  • 100+ different workshop designs
  • Average usefulness: 4.0 / 5
  • Average satisfaction: 4.5 / 5
To take care of themselves, others and the world